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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
During the Depression, street kid Billy Bathgate comes to the attention of his idol, gangster Dutch Schulz. "Billy's apprenticeship to Schulz and his education at the hands of the mobster's minions is related by Doctorow with masterful skill, grace and lucidity of prose, inspired inventiveness of scene and true-voiced dialogue. . . . It is mesmerizing reading," praised PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The main thing that struck me about this was that the detail was breath-taking, down to what it felt like to hitch a ride by holding on to the outside of trolley car. Read morePublished 2 days ago by susankaye
Doctorow writes the story of a young boy who gets involved with the Dutch Schultz mob beautifully. The story is very interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Irma Gurman
As a reader opens the pages of "Billy Bathgate" they are taken back to the days of prohibition and notorious gangsters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael a. draper
Doctorow at his finest. Prepare for hours that vanish and a late night or two.Published 4 months ago by Bill Harris
Excellent the Author puts you right in the middle of the "Era"!Published 5 months ago by Craig candelaria