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Billy Bathgate
E. L. DOCTOROW

Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow
39 reviews (1989) (323p)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Finalist
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Winner
National Book Award Finalist
PEN/Faulkner Award Winner
New York TimesĀ® Best Fiction Books

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Book Description
In 1930's New York, Billy Bathgate, a fifteen-year-old high-school dropout, has captured the attention of infamous gangster Dutch Schultz, who lures the boy into his world of racketeering. The product of an East Bronx upbringing by his half-crazy Irish Catholic mother, after his Jewish father left them long ago, Billy is captivated by the world of money, sex, and high society the charismatic Schultz has to offer. But it is also a world of extortion, brutality, and murder, where Billy finds himself involved in a dangerous affair with Schultz's girlfriend. Relive this story through the title character's driving narrative, a child's thoughts and feelings filtered through the sensibilities of an adult, and the result is E.L. Doctorow's most convincing and appealing portrayal of a young boy's life. Converging mythology and history, one of America's most admired authors has captured the romance of gangsters and criminal enterprise that continues to fascinate the American psyche today.


Amazon.com Review
In the Bronx of the 1930s, 15-year-old Billy Bathgate hooks up with a legendary mobster, Dutch Schultz. Schultz becomes an unlikely surrogate parent to the boy, introducing him to the ways of the world and training Billy to follow in his footsteps. After Billy falls for Schulz's latest girlfriend, he begins to question the actions of the mob he was so eager to join. As he seeks to protect the young woman, he gains strength in following his own heart and makes a courageous passage from boyhood to adulthood. E.L Doctorow won the 1990 PEN/Faulkner Award for this novel.


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Loon Lake by E. L. Doctorow
9 reviews (1980) (258p) (NBCCA)
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Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
135 reviews (1975) (270p) (NBCCA) (Modern100)
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E. L. Doctorow Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 11  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 5  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 2 Billy Bathgate · The March ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 3 Billy Bathgate · Ragtime · The March ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 4 Billy Bathgate · Loon Lake · Ragtime · The March ·  
National Book Award Wins 1 World's Fair ·  
National Book Award Nominations 3 Billy Bathgate · World's Fair · The March ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 2 Billy Bathgate · The March ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 2 Billy Bathgate · The March ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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