Now that I have finished Molly Fox’s Birthday I find myself struggling for words, and I really don’t know why.
The story’s unnamed narrator is a playwright. She met Molly Fox at university and they have been friends ever since.
The story opens in Dublin in a hot day in the middle of summer. It is Molly’s birthday, but she is working In New York and the narrator is house-sitting in Molly’s Dublin home. She is supposed to be working on a new play, but she is struggling and her mind wanders. Her thoughts turn to the past.
She ponders the shared history of herself, Molly and their mutual friend Andrew. Their families, their relationships, their aspirations – everything that has turned them into the people they have become.
Their stories slowly unravel in lovely, simple, clear prose. There is little drama or action and yet Molly Fox’s Diary is utterly compelling.
Why? Well, I think it’s because Deirdre Madden has created three vivid, interesting and three-dimensional characters. You cannot help but be interested in who they are and in what happens in their lives.
And that makes Molly Fox’s Diary a lovely book to take a slow, thoughtful journey through.