Billy Lynch, the central character, is an alcoholic who has just passed away as the novel begins. As his friends and family gather to mourn Billy's passing it is revealed that Billy died from alcoholism. Through the words of his best friend Dennis the reader learns that years ago Billy fell desperately in love with an Irish beauty named Eva. Billy and Eva make plans to get married, and when Eva returns to Ireland Billy sends a large sum of money for her and her familys' voyage to the states. When Dennis is informed by Eva's sister Mary (whom he is dating) that Eva has married her sweetheart in Ireland, Dennis can't bear telling his best friend the devastating truth. Rather than dash Billy's romantic dreams, Dennis tells Billy that Eva has died in Ireland. Billy is destroyed by the news. Eventually, Billy marries plain Maeve, a woman who stands by his side through the years and must deal with his alcoholism. It is clear that Billy has never recovered from the loss of Eva. When Billy travels to Ireland to an alcoholic's clinic some twenty years after "losing Eva" he gets the shock of his life, one that totally changes his entire perspective on his life.
This report prepared by sandra Calhoune