Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow
Billy Bathgate is a 1989 novel by author E. L. Doctorow that won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle award for fiction for 1990 and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was the runner up for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize . The story is told in the first person by Billy "Bathgate" Behan, a fifteen-year-old boy who first becomes the gofer and then surrogate son of mobster Dutch Schultz. The book explores the question of self determination versus fate, the futility of sex without love, moral relativism, and the romanticization of the Mafia in American pop culture.
The 1228th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (PEN/Faulkner)
- - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)