Title Profile & Character Information

Charming Billy

Annotation
Billy Lynch's family and friends have gathered at a small Bronx bar. They have come to comfort his widow and to eulogize one of the last great romantics, trading tales of his famous humor, immense charm, and unfathomable sorrow. As they linger on into this extraordinary night, their voices form Billy's tragic story and their mourning becomes a gentle homage to all the lives in their small community fractured by grief, shattered by secrets, and sustained by the simple dream of love.

Awards
1998  National Book Awards
1998  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
1999  American Book Award
1999  American Library Association Notable Books

Characters
NameLynch, Maeve
GenderFemale
TraitsWidow
Irish American

NameLynch, Billy
GenderMale
TraitsIrish American
Alcoholic

GenreDomestic
    --Generational
Historical
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsImmigrants
Betrayal
Deception
Lost loves
Secrets
Alcoholism
Irish Americans
Family relationships
Loveless marriage
SettingQueens, New York