Molly Fox’s Birthday – Deirdre Madden

I read about this novel here and was very keen to read it. I bought a copy for my Kindle, but in the end I read it on my Ipod (Kindle app) and was pleasantly surprised by the experience (the small screen wasn’t a problem at all).

Here is the blurb …

 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.

This was a beautifully written story about family and friends, art, literature and drama, how we see ourselves and how the world see us. It is a short story encompassing only one day, but it seems to contain an amazing amount of interesting anecdotes, social history and character development. This is not a story for people who like a lot of action, but for those who like a gently unfolding story.

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