Items related to Charming Billy: A Novel (Picador Classics)

Charming Billy: A Novel (Picador Classics)

3.44 avg rating
( 10,273 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780312429423: Charming Billy: A Novel (Picador Classics)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A New York Times bestseller, winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, Charming Billy is "Alice McDermott's masterpiece" (NPR) and now a Picador Modern Classic.

Billy Lynch's family and friends have gathered to comfort his widow, and to pay their respects to one of the last great romantics. As they trade tales of his famous humor, immense charm, and consuming sorrow, a complex portrait emerges of an enigmatic man, a loyal friend, a beloved husband, an incurable alcoholic. Alice McDermott's striking novel is a study of the lies that bind and the weight of familial love, of the way good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Charming Billy is a devastating account of the power of longing and lies, love's tenacity, and resignation's hold. Even at his funeral party, Billy Lynch's life remains up for debate. This soft-spoken, poetry lover's drinking was as legendary among his Queens, New York, family and friends as was his disappointment in love. But the latter, as his cousin Dennis knows, "was, after all, yet another sweet romance to preserve." After World War II, both young men had spent one sun-swept week on Long Island, renovating a house and falling in with two Irish sisters--nannies to a wealthy family--"marveling, marveling still, that this Eden was here, at the other end of the same island on which they had spent their lives."

By the end of their idyll, Billy and Eva were engaged, though she was set to return to County Wicklow. Determined to earn enough money to bring her, her family, and if necessary her entire village back to the U.S., Billy took two jobs, one of which would indenture him for years. But despite the money he sent, Eva never returned, and then was suddenly dead of pneumonia. The true tragedy is that she had simply kept her fare and married someone else--a secret Dennis keeps for the next 30 years as he watches Billy fall into a loveless marriage and the self-administered anesthesia of alcohol.

Alice McDermott's quiet, striking novel is a study of the lies that bind and the weight of familial wishes. She seems far less interested in the shock of revelation than in her characters' power to live through personal disaster. As Dennis's daughter pieces together Billy's real history, she also learns of the accommodations her own family had long made--and discovers that good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they mean to hide.

From the Back Cover:

"Eloquent...heartbreaking...McDermott is brilliant. "
--The New York Times Book Review

"There's no one like Alice McDermott for catching the ebullient particulars of the Irish-American sensibility, and in this superbly drawn, bittersweet tale of a captivating alcoholic, Charming Billy, her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate."
--Elle

"An astoundingly beautiful novel about the persistence of love, the perseverance of grief, and all-but-unbearable loneliness, as well as faith, loyalty and redemption."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Magical...In Charming Billy, Ms. McDermott writes...with wisdom and grace, refusing to sentimentalize her characters even as she forces us to recognize their decency and goodness. She has written a luminous and affecting novel."
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781250058324: Charming Billy: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 1250058325 ISBN 13: 9781250058324
Publisher: Picador Modern Classics, 2014
Softcover

9780374120801: Charming Billy

Farrar..., 1997
Hardcover

9780385333344: Charming Billy

Dell P..., 1999
Softcover

9780747545392: Charming Billy

Blooms..., 2000
Softcover

9781568956855: Charming Billy

Wheele..., 1998
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

Alice Mcdermott
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429428 ISBN 13: 9780312429423
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldenWavesOfBooks
(Fayetteville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # Holz_New_0312429428

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Alice Mcdermott
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429428 ISBN 13: 9780312429423
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
LibraryMercantile
(Humble, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # newMercantile_0312429428

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Alice Mcdermott
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429428 ISBN 13: 9780312429423
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Byrd Books
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # byrd_excel_0312429428

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.72
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

McDermott, Alice
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429428 ISBN 13: 9780312429423
New paperback Quantity: 2
Seller:
ABC
(Iowa City, IA, U.S.A.)

Book Description paperback. Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # CBs3newskus-3951

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 57.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

McDermott, Alice
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429428 ISBN 13: 9780312429423
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 0312429428-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 62.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

McDermott, Alice
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429428 ISBN 13: 9780312429423
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # Q-0312429428

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.89
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.45
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds