Billy Boy

Billy Boy

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Not since Larry McMurtry's "The Last Picture Show" has a novelist captured the poignant contradictions of young manhood in the American West the way Bud Shrake does in "Billy Boy." And no novel has ever combined history, spirituality and golf into so potent a triumph of the human spirit.

There are tough times ahead for sixteen-year-old Billy. He's just come to Fort Worth with his father, Troy, after the death of his mother back in Albuquerque. Troy's drinking and gambling will leave them all but penniless, and he'll soon move on and abandon Billy in this strange town to fend for himself. With only a vague idea of how he's going to live, Billy heads over to Colonial Country Club, where he hopes he can get work as a caddie and where he just might see his hero, Ben Hogan. What he finds there, under the watchful eye of his guardian spirit, teaches him unforgettable lessons about golf, life, love and honor.

In "Billy Boy," longtime novelist and screenwriter Bud Shrake takes us back to the early 1950s, in a story thick with the Texas dust. Hardscrabble Billy, tough as he thinks he is and smarter than he knows, makes a place for him

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2001
ISBN: 9780743224802
0743224809
Branch Call Number: SHRA 21
Characteristics: 235 p. ; 20 cm

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