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Charming Billy
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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.

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"A luminous and affecting novel."--"The New York Times" "Alice McDermott demonstrates anew that she is a writer in a league all her own."--"People" "An exquisitly rendered potrait . . . tales overlap tales in a singsong pattern of Irish-American brogue and family history."--"Entertainment Weekly""" "An astoundingly beautiful novel about the persistence of love, the perseverance of grief, and all-but-unbearable loneliness, as well as faith, loyalty, and redemption."--"Philadelphia Inquirer""" "Taut and beautifully written . . . Each distinct atom of reality splits under McDermott's artisan hammer and releases a world of wild, lost particles: charm, for example, and others the physicists have not yet invented, such as grief, comedy, even happiness."--"Los Angeles Times""" "This is fiction as good as it gets."--"USA Today""" "Haunting . . . mesmerizing . . . McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something resonant and magical."--"Cleveland Plain Dealer" "[A] rueful shrug of a novel whose strong, shrewd opening pages should be taught in college writing classes."--"Time"



"A luminous and affecting novel."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
""There's no one like Alice McDermott for catching the ebullient particulars of the Irish-American sensibility...her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate."--"Elle
""McDermott demonstrates anew that she is a writer in a league all her own."--"People
""An exquisitly rendered potrait...tales overlap tales in a singsong pattern of Irish-American brogue and family history."--"Entertainment Weekly
""An astoundingly beautiful novel about the persistence of love, the perseverance of grief, and all-but-unbearable loneliness, as well as faith, loyalty, and redemption."--"Philadelphia Inquirer""
""Taut and beautifully written...Each distinct atom of reality splits under McDermott's artisan hammer and releases a world of wild, lost particles: charm, for example, and others the physicists have not yet invented, such as grief, comedy, even happiness."--"Los Angeles Times
""This is fiction as good as it gets."--"USA Today
""Haunting...mesmerizing...McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something resonant and magical."--"Cleveland Plain Dealer
""[A] rueful shrug of a novel whose strong, shrewd opening pages should be taught in college writing classes."--"Time"

A luminous and affecting novel. "Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times" There's no one like Alice McDermott for catching the ebullient particulars of the Irish-American sensibility...her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate. "Elle" McDermott demonstrates anew that she is a writer in a league all her own. "People" An exquisitly rendered potrait...tales overlap tales in a singsong pattern of Irish-American brogue and family history. "Entertainment Weekly" An astoundingly beautiful novel about the persistence of love, the perseverance of grief, and all-but-unbearable loneliness, as well as faith, loyalty, and redemption. "Philadelphia Inquirer" Taut and beautifully written...Each distinct atom of reality splits under McDermott's artisan hammer and releases a world of wild, lost particles: charm, for example, and others the physicists have not yet invented, such as grief, comedy, even happiness. "Los Angeles Times" This is fiction as good as it gets. "USA Today" Haunting...mesmerizing...McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something resonant and magical. "Cleveland Plain Dealer" [A] rueful shrug of a novel whose strong, shrewd opening pages should be taught in college writing classes. "Time""


A luminous and affecting novel. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times There's no one like Alice McDermott for catching the ebullient particulars of the Irish-American sensibility...her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate. Elle McDermott demonstrates anew that she is a writer in a league all her own. People An exquisitly rendered potrait...tales overlap tales in a singsong pattern of Irish-American brogue and family history. Entertainment Weekly An astoundingly beautiful novel about the persistence of love, the perseverance of grief, and all-but-unbearable loneliness, as well as faith, loyalty, and redemption. Philadelphia Inquirer Taut and beautifully written...Each distinct atom of reality splits under McDermott's artisan hammer and releases a world of wild, lost particles: charm, for example, and others the physicists have not yet invented, such as grief, comedy, even happiness. Los Angeles Times This is fiction as good as it gets. USA Today Haunting...mesmerizing...McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something resonant and magical. Cleveland Plain Dealer [A] rueful shrug of a novel whose strong, shrewd opening pages should be taught in college writing classes. Time"

"A luminous and affecting novel." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"There's no one like Alice McDermott for catching the ebullient particulars of the Irish-American sensibility...her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate." --Elle"McDermott demonstrates anew that she is a writer in a league all her own." --People"An exquisitly rendered potrait...tales overlap tales in a singsong pattern of Irish-American brogue and family history." --Entertainment Weekly"An astoundingly beautiful novel about the persistence of love, the perseverance of grief, and all-but-unbearable loneliness, as well as faith, loyalty, and redemption." --Philadelphia Inquirer"Taut and beautifully written...Each distinct atom of reality splits under McDermott's artisan hammer and releases a world of wild, lost particles: charm, for example, and others the physicists have not yet invented, such as grief, comedy, even happiness." --Los Angeles Times"This is fiction as good as it gets." --USA Today"Haunting...mesmerizing...McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something resonant and magical." --Cleveland Plain Dealer"[A] rueful shrug of a novel whose strong, shrewd opening pages should be taught in college writing classes." --Time

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