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Charming Billy
Charming Billy
Author: Alice McDermott
Winner of the National Book Award. Alice McDermott tells the story of Billy Lynch within the complex matrix of a tightly knit Irish American community, in a voice that is resonant and full of deep feeling. Charming Billy is a masterpiece about the unbreakable bonds of memory and desire.
ISBN-13: 9780965868853
ISBN-10: 0965868850
Pages: 280
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus Giroux
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 7
A graceful tale, an extended wake and reflection on the life of a man. Poignant, well-written characters, can't exactly say it was a pleasure to read but the author is very skilled in helping us see a man's life -- the joys, the despairs, the rejection.
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Helpful Score: 6
Good ol' Irish immigrant story set in NY. The story is beautiful and sad. Floats between the past and the present with each character.
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Helpful Score: 4
I actually thought this book dragged on waaay to much. About half-way through the book I realized that I didn't care about the characters.

I don't recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
Book in excellent condition. This story will touch your heart. A secret between friends changes their lives forever. Billy's tragic sorrow juxtaposed against his ability to be generous and charming to everyone he meets makes him a true hero.
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Helpful Score: 3
I couldn't get into this book at all. I found it a little strange and boring. The characters were lame, the topic was weird, the setting was boring and the story didn't seem to grab me. I strated the book about 4 times and honestly couldn't finish the book.
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Alice McDermott can *write*! This story of two cousins from a large Irish-American family is lyrically told.
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While "Charming Billy" will make your heart ache, you will love the beautiful writing and the emotionally moving story about a New York Irish Catholic family. The novel reveals how good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they mean to hide. The author won the National Book Award for this work.
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A complex book that's beautifully written despite the subject matter - an Irish American family's struggles to love, support and come to terms with the relationships they have to each other, one of whom is an alcoholic. What I loved about this book in addition to Alice McDermott's brillian way of telling a story, was the fact that there were no villains. Things were not black or white and there wer no solutions - only very real problems and very real people who loved on another not necessarily as well as they should have, but as best they could.

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