Charming Billy

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Charming Billy
Charming Billy.jpg
AuthorsAlice McDermott
CountryUnited States
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
31 September 1997[clarification needed]
Media typeHardcover
Pages280 pp

Charming Billy, a novel by American author Alice McDermott, tells the story of Billy Lynch and his lifelong struggle with alcohol after the death of his first love.[1] It won the National Book Award[2] for fiction as well as the American Book Award,[3] and was shortlisted for the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award.[4] The novel was published by FSG in 1997 and has since been republished by Picador (as a Picador Modern Classic).[5]


  1. ^ "Charming Billy book review". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. ^ "National Book Award Winner". National Book Award Foundation. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Previous Winners of the American Book Award" (PDF). Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Shortlist titles (2000)". The International IMPAC Dublind Literary Award. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. ^ Swanson, Clare. "Picador Set to Launch Modern Classics". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
Preceded by
Cold Mountain
Charles Frazier
National Book Award for Fiction
Succeeded by
Ha Jin