Molly Fox's Birthday by 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.
 

About Deirdre Madden

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Deirdre Madden teaches at Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Irish arts academy Aosdána.
 
Published April 22, 2010 by Picador. 221 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Molly is considered the finest classical stage actor of her generation, and it is she, along with the dramatist herself and her best male friend Andrew, who form the core of her reflections on this June day.

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Here’s an exercise for the blocked writer: Write what you don’t know about what you know.

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Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop How well do we really know our friends and why do we wear the...

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Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop This neat narrative takes place in a single day - the Irish ac...

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The Irish actor Molly Fox, "one of the finest of her generation", is away from her Dublin home for a few months working in New York and London.

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The Telegraph

She confesses to having lied to Molly Fox - "anyone who asks such a question deserves to be lied to" - and then to hoping that Andrew and Molly will not develop a bond of their own: "a rather small-minded, even spiteful reaction I admit".

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The Bookbag

We enter Molly Fox's house in Dublin, lent to the narrator while Molly is in New York.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

It's the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and Molly Fox is turning 40.

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