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This weekend Liam's going away to college, and his mother, Cathleen Hogan Williams, is taking him there, driving south along the Hudson. For Liam, impatience to arrive at a new destination rubs against the anxiety of a future apart. For Cathleen, the trip has a second purpose: a long-suppressed love affair she had before conceiving him has resurfaced in a poem she is trying to write. Noah, her husband, endures the new separation at home...until an elderly Irish enchantress, a client of his law practice, leads him to recalculate what he himself may have left behind in his youth. For this couple, married and alone, Liam's going ripples outward across the surface of their marriage, the melange of their intertwining memories.
Michael Joyce's new novel is an affecting song of the rites of passage--startlingly beautiful in its prose, even more so in its recognitions. In Liam's Going, Joyce--the foremost American author working in the new electronic artform of “hypertext”--has returned to his storytelling roots.
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Published August 1, 2002
Literature & Fiction.