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  • Author:
    Bud Shrake
  • ISBN:
    0743227484
  • ISBN13:
    978-0743227483
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  • Publisher:
    Scribner; Reprint edition (October 8, 2002)
  • Pages:
    240 pages
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    Literature & Fiction
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In Billy Boy, longtime novelist and screenwriter Bud Shrake takes us back to the early 1950s, in a story thick with the Texas dust.

Not since Larry McMurtry's The Last Picture Show has a novelist captured. In Billy Boy, longtime novelist and screenwriter Bud Shrake takes us back to the early 1950s, in a story thick with the Texas dust. Hardscrabble Billy, tough as he thinks he is and smarter than he knows, makes a place for himself behind the walls of privilege at Colonial.

In Billy Boy, longtime novelist and screenwriter Bud Shrake takes us back to the early 1950s, in a story thick with the Texas dust. Hardscrabble Billy, tough as he thinks he is and smarter than he knows, makes a place for himself behind the walls of privilege at Colonial

In Billy Boy, longtime novelist and screenwriter Bud Shrake takes us back to the early 1950s, in a story thick with the Texas dust. He first draws the approval, then the ire, of the club's most eccentric millionaire member, while his looks and manner draw the attention of the millionaire's beautiful granddaughter - to the displeasure of her boyfriend, the club champion.

Edwin A. "Bud" Shrake, Jr. (September 6, 1931 – May 8, 2009) was an American journalist, sportswriter, novelist, biographer and screenwriter. He co-wrote a series of golfing advice books with golf coach Harvey Penick, including Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, a golf guide that became the best-selling sports book in publishing history.

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Bud Shrake's Billy Boy is an unforgettable coming-of-age tale of life, love, and beating the odds, set against the . Bud Shrake is the coauthor of Harvey Penick's Little Red Book and the author of many novels and screenplays. He lives in Austin, Texas. Country of Publication.

Bud Shrake's Billy Boy is an unforgettable coming-of-age tale of life, love, and beating the odds, set against the far-reaching horizons of the American West.

Billy Boy by Bud Shrake - There are tough times ahead for sixteen-year-old Billy Larry McMurtry Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove A brilliant novel. Bud Shrake has done himself proud.

Billy Boy by Bud Shrake - There are tough times ahead for sixteen-year-old Billy . The San Diego Union-Tribune Takes a swing at at golf fiction with enjoyable results. This golf fable doesn't shy away from honest emotions. Shrake's version of the past is not scratched and dinged by reality but worn to a pleasing patina by the passage of time.

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There are tough times ahead for sixteen-year-old Billy. After his mother dies, he goes to Fort Worth with his father, whose drinking and gambling leave them all but penniless. Desperate to make a life for himself, Billy heads over to Colonial Country Club, where he hopes to get work as a caddie. He finds much more than he bargained for. Before long, Billy makes a place for himself behind the privileged walls of Colonial. His attitude draws the approval of an eccentric millionaire club member, while his looks draw the attention of the millionaire's beautiful granddaughter--much to the displeasure of her boyfriend, the club champion. But Billy's run of luck is short-lived, as he confronts the hard realities of the world and of human nature both on and off the golf course. Now, Billy must face down his fears and doubts about where he comes from, where he wants to go, and who he really is. Bud Shrake's Billy Boy is an unforgettable coming-of-age tale of life, love, and beating the odds, set against the far-reaching horizons of the American West.

Kikora
When sixteen-year-old caddie Billy Boy, who's lost his mother to cancer and his gifted but war-damaged father to an explosion, finds a very old Bobby Jones seven iron in a roadside ditch, a whiff of magic drifts in on the 1950 Forth Worth, Texas air. The club belongs to famous golf course designer John Bredemus, who soon arrives in search. Bredemus seems to know a little too much about Billy Boy, but the lad needs someone to lean on while he gets his feet under him and the two quickly form an alliance.

By way of reward for finding the club, Bredemus buys supper, and the next morning loans the club to Billy, insisting that he bring it to the Colonial Golf Club, where he's trying to establish himself as a caddie. "It's a very lucky club," Bredemus says.

Sure enough, Colonial Golf Club's most famous member, the legendary Ben Hogan, notices the club and asks Billy Boy if he'd like to carry his bag for a quick nine holes, setting in motion a series of events that culminate in Billy Boy's winner-take-all match with Sonny Stonekiller, the club champion and rival for Billy Boy's flame Sandra Sandpaster.

If all this seems a little too pat, never fear. "Billy Boy" is great fun and a terrific golf read and Shrake's plot beautifully set up. You'll find yourself rooting hard for Billy Boy to win out. I recommend it for those who love sports adventure themes.

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Stanober
I got this book for my 14 year old son, he loved reading this book! It was an easy read with great story line and and great life lessons!
Chillhunter
A short easy to read novel by one of Texas' premier sportswriters (Bud Shrake). I found this in a 5 for $25.00 used book sale and the cover intrigued me. It had liner notes from Larry McMurtry, Dan Jenkins, Darrell Royal and Don Meredith; four Texans for whom I hold admiration. It was even better than I had anticipated or liner notes might suggest.

If you've read Bagger Vance it doesn't take too long to see one John Bredemus as a Bagger Vance type, helping out Billy. There's also a coming of age portion of the book which echoes a bit of "The Last Picture Show", with a little bit of Dan Jenkins' golfing fiction thrown in for good measure. The descriptions of Colonial Country Club, Ben Hogan and others ring true to the time and place in which the story is set.

As a writer Bud Shrake is known for his humor, much the same as his friend Dan Jenkins. There is humor in the book, but more so will you find redemption. Particularly between Billy and his Dad, and perhaps that's why I enjoyed it as much as I did.
Amerikan_Volga
There are reasons why golf is described as 90 percent mental. It's primarily to sell golf literature like Shrake's novel. Ever read an intriguing golf book about swing plane and hip rotation?
Shrake's book is one in a long line like it. The main character, Billy, loses both his parents in a matter of weeks, and it is up to him to make it on his own. Set in Texas during the 1950s, two of Texas' golfing "Gods" guide Billy from being a caddie to beating the upstart young club champion. This book has all the cliched elements, including John Bredemus' role as a guardian angel, who unveils the mental elements of game, and Hogan, who teaches Billy "the secret" of the swing.
Had Sharke not written such a wonderful story, I would have cast it in the lot with all the other bad golf novels out there. There are life lessons more than golf lessons inside, including the drive to gain independence and what it means to honor yourself and family.
I just wish a golf novel could written without all those "Gods" watching down.
Jorius
This book was a great read that was almost impossible to put down. People who like golf or just want a good book should definitely pick up this one and get sucked right in. I somewhat connected to Billy because of his sense of humor and the fact we are both caddies at a fancy golf club. Not every chapter ended with a cliffhanger but the ending sure did. The plot was believable which made it a good fiction and stayed away from science fiction. Over all I thought this was a great book and I would recommend it to all.
Shadowbourne
I read this book awhile back when I was learning the game of golf. It is a great coming of age story and a must read for young golfers who are coming of age, like I was. The story holds your attention and really is fun to read. I had found and read this book back in the day for a school paper and choose it only because it is short and about golf, figuring that I would enjoy reading and writing a paper about it... I was right! Fantastic book and highly recommended to any one with the slightest interest in the game or anyone who enjoys a good coming of age story!
Malodred
Entertaining novel for anyone who enjoys golf or a coming of age story.
This is a fabulous book. I could not put it away. It was a great story and was very dramatic. It was the ideal book.