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ISBN13: 9780312429546
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A Finalist for the Orange Prize

 
It is the height of summer, and celebrated actor Molly Fox has loaned her house in Dublin to a friend while she is away performing in New York. Alone among all of Molly's possessions, struggling to finish her latest play, she looks back on the many years and many phases of her friendship with Molly and their college friend Andrew, and comes to wonder whether they really knew each other at all. She revisits the intense closeness of their early days, the transformations they each made in the name of success and security, the lies they told each other, and betrayals they never acknowledged. Set over a single midsummer's day, Molly Fox's Birthday is a mischievous, insightful novel about a turning point--a moment when past and future suddenly appear in a new light.

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Finalist for the Orange Prize, "Molly Fox's Birthday" evokes the experience of a turning point in one woman's life--a moment when everything before and after is transformed, and life changes directions in a single day.

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A Picador trade paperback original: a mischievous, lyrically written novel about discovering the little fictions and compounded mysteries that lie between ourselves and the people we love. MOLLY FOX'S BIRTHDAY was on the shortlist for the Orange Prize.

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Finalist for the Orange Prize

 
MOLLY FOX'S BIRTHDAY begins in the still, shadowy apartment of Molly Fox, a well-known stage actress. The unnamed narrator, an old friend of Mollys whos staying there in her absence, is immersed in strange revelations and memories about their long friendship. Over the course of one day, the narrator revisits their relationship to a third friend, Andrew, and discovers how little she has really understood about any of themherself included.  The novel evokes the experience of a turning pointa moment when everything before and after is transformed, and life changes directions in a single day.

About the Author

Deirdre Madden teaches at Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Irish arts academy Aosdána.

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fgorelick, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by fgorelick)
Written with insight into and affection for the professional theatrical process, Ms. Madden travels beyond surface subject matter into the depths of identity, friendship, and the vagaries of love. How can we possibly know others when we are continuously coming to grips with who we are? This powerful, funny, and beautifully written novel has stayed with me six months after I read it.
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pascarelli, December 5, 2010 (view all comments by pascarelli)
This is the first book I have read by this author and I can't say I would run out in search of another one of her titles. I had a hard time staying with this novel and while there was some beautiful domestic imagery around gardens and cutlery, it was fairly heavy sledding most of the way. Told through a single POV, the plot reminded me of a sinewy series of interior ruminations of an mid-40s Irish playwright who has made her name in London and vacationing at her friend's country house in Dublin (ie, Molly Fox). There isn't really a "plot" (nothing really happens-a single day), but the narrative just builds through a series of accretions or images (the jug on the counter, a memory of her friend/former lover/celebrity art critic in the John Berger-esqe mold-who appears at the end of her afternoon to reveal a memory of his own). A meditation on relationships she forms while at Trinity and how each individual stands in relation to their "Irish-ness" (the art critic from Belfast who re-fashions himself as a proper London critic, the narrator's tenuous relationship to her large country Catholic family, etc). Kind of a dissapointment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312429546
Author:
Madden, Deirdre
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.66 x 0.73 in

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"Synopsis" by , Finalist for the Orange Prize, "Molly Fox's Birthday" evokes the experience of a turning point in one woman's life--a moment when everything before and after is transformed, and life changes directions in a single day.
"Synopsis" by ,
A Picador trade paperback original: a mischievous, lyrically written novel about discovering the little fictions and compounded mysteries that lie between ourselves and the people we love. MOLLY FOX'S BIRTHDAY was on the shortlist for the Orange Prize.
"Synopsis" by ,
Finalist for the Orange Prize

 
MOLLY FOX'S BIRTHDAY begins in the still, shadowy apartment of Molly Fox, a well-known stage actress. The unnamed narrator, an old friend of Mollys whos staying there in her absence, is immersed in strange revelations and memories about their long friendship. Over the course of one day, the narrator revisits their relationship to a third friend, Andrew, and discovers how little she has really understood about any of themherself included.  The novel evokes the experience of a turning pointa moment when everything before and after is transformed, and life changes directions in a single day.

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