Title Profile & Character Information

Charming Billy

Annotation
"Everyone loved him. If you knew Billy at all, then you loved him. The late Billy Lynch's family and friends, a party of forty-seven, gather at a small bar and grill somewhere in the Bronx to remember better times in good company, and to redeem the pleasure of a drink or two from the miserable thing that a drink had become in Billy's life. His widow, Maeve, is there and everyone admires the way she is holding up, just as they always admired the way she cared for Billy after the alcohol had ruined him. But one cannot think of Billy Lynch's life, one's own relentless affection for him, without saying at some point, "There was that girl. The Irish girl." And one can't help but think that the real story of his life lay there."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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