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.
Alice McDermott is the prize-winning novelist of A Bigamists' Daugher, That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, Charming Billy and Child of My Heart. That Night, her second novel, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A film version of the book was released by Warner Bros. in the spring of 1992. McDermott's third novel, At Weddings and Wakes, was a New York Times bestseller. Charming Billy won the National Book Award. McDermott is also the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award.