Molly Fox's Birthday

Molly Fox's Birthday

Paperback - 2010
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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.

Published: New York. N.Y. : Picador, 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312429546
0312429541
Branch Call Number: F MAD
Characteristics: 221 p. ;,21 cm.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

Not a great book, not a bad book. It is about memory and friendship.

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ahsimlibrarian
Jun 06, 2012

One of my favorite books last year was this book. Madden’s novel is about the long-term friendships and family relationships, the ways in which we do and do not communicate with one another and all of the feelings and memories that course through a person on a given day.

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Carlitos
Jun 04, 2012

This is my second reading of Molly Fox's Birthday, and I found even more to admire this time. The story takes place over the course of one day, when the narrator, a prize-winning playwright, is staying at the home of her good friend, Molly Fox, a renowned actress. During the day, her thoughts range over her friendships, her loves, family, career, and much more - the whole texture and fabric of a lifetime, really - in the way that one thought, one ray of light, one object on a shelf brings to mind a whole array of memories. This is a quiet book to be read slowly and to savor.

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EmilyEm
Apr 02, 2011

A long-time friend of Molly's is staying at her Dublin home and spends the day of Molly's birthday, the summer solstice, contemplating her friendship with Molly and another friend they have in common, Andrew.

This is a beautiful understated book on the meaning of friendships that last many years and of families, what they give to us and what they take from us. Its structure will remind you of 'Mrs. Dalloway'; Madden's insights and contemplations were one's I've had many times. I liked reading this very much.

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quagga
Dec 21, 2009

Molly Fox is a well-known theatre actress who lends her home in Dublin to a good friend, a playwright. The playwright - we never learn her name - tells the story of her long friendship with Molly.

The novel takes place over the course of one day, without any chapter breaks. Irish author Deirdre Madden skillfully pulls this off with the strength of her narrative. I found myself searching at times for a good place to stop in order to temporarily put down the book, but there aren't even blank lines between paragraphs, which is what Roddy Doyle used to indicate pauses in Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, another chapterless book.

Molly's Fox's Birthday was shortlisted for the Orange Prize this year. It is an introspective and compelling examination of the complexities of human relationships.

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