Molly Fox's Birthday
By Deirdre Madden
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312429546, 240pp.)
Publication Date: April 27, 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.
Deirdre Madden teaches at Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Irish arts academy Aosdána.
- How do the narrator’s feelings about Molly change over the course of the novel? Do you think the she sees Molly clearly at the end?