Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
A Novel

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She doesn't lead you to empathize or sympathize with Billy. Instead, you feel with her, you partake in her emotions. Only the best writers can do that.
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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.

Charming Billy is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction.

 

About Alice McDermott

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Alice McDermott is the author of six novels.  Her articles, reviews and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook and elsewhere.
 
Published November 24, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Harold Augenbraum on Mar 31 2013

She doesn't lead you to empathize or sympathize with Billy. Instead, you feel with her, you partake in her emotions. Only the best writers can do that.

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