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 [1]. 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 1600th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (PEN/Faulkner)
  2. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Billy Bathgate Paperback 461936 $16.13 $10.42 2016
Billy Bathgate M/TV Mass Market Paperback 2534622 $0.89 $0.01
Billy Bathgate Hardcover 5388145 $19.95 $0.42 1989
Billy Bathgate: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) Kindle Edition 87889 $9.99 2010
Billy Bathgate Paperback 4013026 $3.35 $0.01 1989
Billy Bathgate Hardcover 256304 $8.95 $2.20
Billy Bathgate Paperback 1639127 $14.25 $0.01 1998
Billy Bathgate: A Novel Paperback 3316550 $0.93 $0.01
Billy Bathgate: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback 718447 $8.90 $1.35 2010
Billy Bathgate: A Novel Mass Market Paperback 4350946 $2.85
Billy Bathgate (BOMC) Paperback 3019627 $4.13 $0.01
Billy Bathgate Hardcover 875199 $3.79 $0.30 1989
Billy Bathgate Hardcover 4783035 $5.40 $0.01 1989
Billy Bathgate (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1543783 $6.39 2012