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Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
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Apr 15, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: with-cordel, fiction
Read in April, 2008

This is about people mostly having good intentions, wanting good things for each other, and changing the courses of each other's lives. Billy is a looming presence but his community is the central character. I like this crowd because they know that life is not a zero-sum game; people close to Billy want to create beauty and legitimacy in his life story as a way of affirming their own.
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