You'll either hate it or love it. It's the story of an alcoholic Irish/New Yorker who lives a life of regrets and longing, in spite of a loving wife, and oh so many friends. Everyone loves Billy and the book begins with his funeral. From there, it's the telling of his life in a magnificent way. If you like fine writing, you'll love this book. If you're only in it for the story, this one will tear out your heart and leave you feeling like you want to cry. It does have a brilliantly hopeful moment at the end, though. I loved it.