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In 1930s 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An engrossing tale that successfully re-creates worlds gone by in loving and meticulous detail.”

    Library Journal

  • “A wonderful addition to the ranks of American boy heroes …Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer with more poetry, Holden Caulfield with more zest and spirit…The kind of book you find yourself finishing at three in the morning after promising at midnight that you’ll stop at the next page.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A modern American masterpiece…Doctorow takes up the legacies of Fitzgerald and Cheever and adds to them a savage and erotic splendor of his own.”

    John le Carré, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Indelible in its fierce energy, its relentless irony, its rawness.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Riveting…mesmerizing…unforgettable.”


  • “Enthralling.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 1990 PEN/Faulkner Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Best Book
  • A 1990 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A 1989 National Book Award Finalist
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