Molly Fox's Birthday

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Faber & Faber, Apr 27, 2009 - Fiction - 240 pages
Dublin. Midsummer. While absent in New York, the celebrated actor Molly Fox has loaned her house to a playwright friend, who is struggling to write a new work. Over the course of this, the longest day of the year, the playwright reflects upon her own life, Molly's, and that of their mutual friend Andrew, whom she has known since university. Why does Molly never celebrate her own birthday, which falls upon this day? What does it mean to be a playwright or an actor? How have their relationships evolved over the course of many years? Molly Fox's Birthday calls into question the ideas that we hold about who we are; and shows how the past informs the present in ways we might never have imagined.

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

A quiet, contemplative story of one person's reflection about the relationships among a small group of people in modern UK, largely Ireland. It's a story about Irish families as well as lives in and ... Read full review

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Here's a day-in-the-life-of novel told in the first person, ostensibly about another person. Molly Fox of the title is an Irish stage actress, renowned for the timbre and quality of her voice. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Deirdre Madden is from Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. Her novels include One by One in the Darkness, Authenticity, Molly Fox's Birthday and, most recently, Time Present and Time Past. She has twice been shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She teaches at Trinity College, Dublin, and is a member of the Irish Arts Academy, Aosdána.

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