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Molly Fox's Birthdayby Deirdre Madden
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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.
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.
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.
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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