Apr 08, 2020
Molly Fox's Birthday
Posted by Deirdre Madden

A Finalist for the Orange PrizeIt 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 tA Finalist for the Orange PrizeIt 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.

  • Title: Molly Fox's Birthday
  • Author: Deirdre Madden
  • ISBN: 9780312429546
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • Molly Fox s Birthday A Finalist for the Orange PrizeIt 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

    switterbug (Betsey)

    In this contemporary but timeless novel about relationships, identity, and home, Madden embraces the acting and playwright professions as central to the exploration of the human condition The unnamed narrator, a successful playwright originally from Northern Ireland, is staying in Dublin at Molly Fox s house while Molly is in New York Molly is a celebrated stage actress, a woman who seems mousy and nondescript in person but is charged with charisma on stage Moreover, she has a bewitching voice A [...]


    Lauren Albert

    My copy is littered with post it flags Most of what I marked were passages that showed great insight into human nature It is what I would call a quiet book and what others would call dull The narrator reflects back on her friendships, especially with actress Molly Fox, and wonders about how well we can know the people we love.


    Mae

    Molly Fox s Birthday, by the Irish author Deidre Madden, reminded me how much pleasure one can a get out of reading a charming, well written, unfussy novel, which is no small thing and something I had very nearly forgotten The leisurely pace and construction of the novel almost forces the reader to slow down and relax no matter how hectic things are, and remember the good things in life are the smallest a beautiful garden, a connection between two people, even an ice cold glass of water It s not [...]


    Priya Bhakta

    This book is about female friendship, it s set over the course of one day looking back in a stream of consciousness style This book had a lot of qualities I d usually look for in a book but somehow it just didn t click for me.I never felt that connected to the Narrator and, whilst she explored herself with regard to her relationships with other people, she never seemed to have an identity of her own As the Narrator thinks about her relationship with Molly Fox supposedly one of her dearest friend [...]


    Kirsty

    Molly Fox s Birthday is the first of Madden s books which I read several years ago, and remains my favourite It is immediately entracing, and was just as good as I remembered it being upon my March 2017 reread The structure and writing are taut, and the characters realistic An understated novel by a similarly understated writer.


    Paul Secor

    A quiet, gentle novel with mystery, pain, and strength beneath its surface.


    Kate Murphy

    I loved the style of writing in this book and found all three main characters really interesting One of the best books I ve read in a while.


    JaneO

    My little bro likened Molly Fox s Birthday to a Russian nesting doll I wholeheartedly agree It is beautifully crafted, quietly complex and contemplative I didn t want it end.


    Rebecca

    Quiet, lovely book


    Friederike Knabe

    Molly Fox is a well known and highly respected actor While staying in New York, her friend, a well known playwright, preparing for her next project , is staying in her house in Dublin The unnamed and self declared closest friend and admirer, is the narrator of this ode to love and friendship as she spends a day, Molly s birthday, reflecting on her friend, her own situation and the close relationships that have influenced her life since she met Molly some twenty years Deirdre Madden draws the rea [...]


    Beth

    I think I have always understood the value of formulaic conversation and how it can make for real communication Such exchanges can forge a link with someone when there is deep affection but no real common ground Andrew, with his impatient intelligence, would never understand this But I know Molly would agree with me Her relationship with Fergus is built upon a similar visceral warmth, the childhood bond that has never been broken Closeness of that particular type is perhaps only possible with pe [...]


    Jan

    This book is set in one day, Molly Fox s Birthday Her friend has come to stay in her house while she is away in New York Her friend is working on her new play and as the day moves on she is recalling how she and Molly met when Molly was the lead in her first play and also how other friends and lovers through the years have impacted on her life.She is also thinking about her own family and those of her close friends, Molly whose house she is staying in and Andrew whom she met while at college in [...]


    Debbie Robson

    This book is set in Dublin, midsummer and the unnamed narrator, a playwright, reflects upon her own life, Molly s and that of their mutual friend Andrew As the back cover says Exploring family, friendship and love, Molly Fox s Birthday is above all a novel about identity, calling into question the ideas that we hold about who we are and showing how the past informs the present in ways we night never have imagined Sometimes I don t analyse why I m drawn to a book at least in the moments that I st [...]


    Elaine

    Wonderfully written, I just didn t care that much, about Molly, the narrator or their oddly not gay friend Andrew.


    Elizabeth Urello

    This short novel deals with a surprising number of themes art, theater, religion, The Troubles, the nature of the self , but to me, it is most interestingly about intimacy, friendship and communication, and about how sometimes a certain distance is essential to a meaningful and lasting closeness between people The story s narrator is a renowned playwright who has temporarily house swapped with her good friend, Molly Fox, a famous stage actor Molly lives in Dublin and the narrator is borrowing h [...]


    Roger

    Molly Fox s Birthday It s been said that writers should write about the kind of people they actually know It appears that Deirde Madden started to follow that advice in Molly Fox s Birthday Madden is a successful Irish novelist this is her eighth novel , and she decided to write about three successful Irish intellectuals a playwright the unnamed narrator , an eminent art critic turned television celebrity Andrew Foote , and a charismatic stage actress Molly Fox Then, the playwright narrator begi [...]


    Christina

    Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009, Molly Fox s Birthday focuses on a single day in the life of the unnamed narrator, which happens to coincide with the birthday of her dear friend, Molly Fox Despite the title, the book does not focus on Molly Fox or even solely on the impact Molly Fox has had on her friend s life Rather, it focuses on the influence the narrator s older brother and priest, Tom boyfriends family college friend, Andrew Forde Andrew s family Molly s crazy brother, Fe [...]


    Keri

    I won this book from the giveaways on this site Being this was my first win, I was highly excited, especially due to the interesting book description I started reading it today and much to my surprise I was very much disappointed I honestly don t feel that I was able to live the book ever, as I do with every book I try to put myself in the characters position but I had a very hard time doing this with this book Not only was the story dull and uneventful it honestly didn t have an interesting sto [...]


    Anna

    A sweet, meditation on the life of the artist any playwright or actor, in particular, would enjoy this immensely.


    Paula Dembeck

    This is a wonderful short novel and my initiation to Madden s writing The unnamed narrator is staying at her friend s house, struggling to get past writer s block and begin her new play She has an idea into the story, but cannot develop the hook that will let the story unfold before her After a string of very successful plays, her last one was a disappointment or to be less generous, a complete flop, and she is decidedly wary as she begins this one Molly Fox, her friend for over twenty years and [...]


    Teresa D

    A well written story of friendships and their impact on life


    Megan

    In Molly Fox s Birthday, the nameless narrator, a mostly successful playwright, is spending some time in the borrowed house of her friend, the famous stage actress Molly Fox, while she attempts to get a start on writing her next play Readers spend one day in the company of the playwright while she rattles around Molly s house casting about for inspiration for her new play and lost in her own thoughts of the past as she contemplates her relationships with Molly and an old college friend turned fa [...]


    Xueqi Teo

    Stories that revolve around Molly Fox and the people that came in or stayed in her life Lots of flashbacks were slotted in between the day the narrator spent the day in Molly Fox s house on her birthday Molly, how Molly and the narrator met, narrator s affection towards both Molly and Andrew and Andrew s past and how theatre changed their lives and strangers Loved all characters but was left feeling ill bit sad in the end having her emotions left hanging without Andrew s return Some of my favori [...]


    Pam

    Actress Molly Fox is out of town on Holiday She s loaned her house to her favorite script writer and closest friend Award winners, in each their own right, both women are stable, successful and satisfied career wise Emotionally, however, neither is as grounded as she would hope.Over the course of a single day, our guide and narrator, Molly s house guest, guides her thoughts along a beautiful trip through the friends past Her thoughts wrap around the two women and, largely, their one mutual frien [...]


    Sandie

    We join the novels nameless narrator, a playwright and friend of actor Molly Fox on a hot June day while she house sits for the absent Molly Here in the home Molly has created the reader is introduced to the absent birthday girl by way of her wonderful garden, the cherished mementos with which she had filled her Victorian abode, and the feelings and memories that these items evoke within the narrator as she retraces certain aspects of her long association with Molly Various people come in and ou [...]


    Author Annette Dunlea

    Molly Fox s Birthday by Deirdre Madden Book Review Molly Fox s Birthday is written by Deirdre Madden It is her 7th book and has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2009 for women writers It is a slim book at 240 pages and is published by Faber and Faber There are a number of undercurrent themes in the novel friendship, theatre and identity with also a background in the troubles The narrator who is never identified is staying in Molly Fox s home while she is away working in New York The female [...]


    Rebecca H.

    A friend mentioned a while back that she enjoyed Molly Fox s Birthday by Dierdre Madden, so I picked it up from the library and gave it a try myself and found that I enjoyed it very much too The novel has a structure that I like it takes place over the course of one day, with frequent jumps back in time to describe scenes from the past The title character, Molly Fox, doesn t appear at all, except in a phone conversation Instead, the novel is narrated by her friend, an unnamed woman who is a play [...]


    Arti

    Molly Fox s Birthday was on the long list of the 2009 Orange Prize Despite the title and the look of the book cover, it s not chic lit It s not about celebrating a birthday either.The book is set on a single day, Molly Fox s birthday, June 21st, the summer solstice Molly Fox is a popular and gifted theatre actor On that day, the narrator of the book is staying at Molly s home in Dublin while Molly has gone on a trip to New York Nothing much happens really on Molly s birthday, a day that she does [...]


    Jayme

    It is June 21st and Molly Fox the acclaimed stage actress has lent her home to a close friend while she is in New York City Her friend, a play write who is struggling with writing her next play, is distracted and starts thinking about her friendship with Molly as she wanders around Molly s house noting items that are dear to Molly and begins to wonder if she really knows who Molly is and if anyone really understands the heart and motives of another.I am going to state up front that this is one o [...]


    Leslie

    This entire novel takes place over the course of one day That day happens to be Molly Fox s birthday Molly Fox is out of town and lets a long time friend of hers borrow her home to stay at while finishing writing a play This friend is the story s narrator and as far as I can tell remains nameless throughout the novel Instead of working on her play, she spends the day reminiscing about her 20 year friendship with Molly and another long time friend, Andrew As she moves about the house she looks at [...]



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