The House on Eccles Road: A Novel

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What if Molly took center stage in James Joyce's Ulysses? What if she lived in suburban America?

The House on Eccles Road

It is June 16, 1999, in Dublin, Ohio, and Molly wanders through her empty day while her husband, Leo, tends to a strict and busy professor's schedule. On the surface of her thoughts, Molly wonders: Will he remember their anniversary? And how many hints should she give him? As Molly and Leo circle each other throughout the day, Judith Kitchen illuminates the scope of Leo and Molly's life together detail by detail. Molly is offended by the hot June day, hums Irish tunes, considers an old love; Leo thinks about his star pupil, young girls at the tennis court, his aging father. Both, if differently, mourn the loss of their four-year-old son eight years ago.

In this momentous novel, Kitchen weaves these and other voices into the tapestry of a single day, an ordinary day in the lives of ordinary people, yet a day that, by gathering the threads of all they have been, might change their lives forever. Strange, Molly was thinking, how we go through our lives on remote control. But as she drives toward town, a quick glance at a fatal car accident, which has slowed traffic to an agonizing crawl, brings her to the precipice.

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"A definition of a true vision in a novelist is to strike a balance between the novel of the mind and the novel of the heart—exactly the synthesis that Judith Kitchen in The House on Eccles Road renders in a flawless prose." —Stuart Dybek

"At last! A Mollycentric universe. The House on Eccles Road is a lovely exploration of history and legacy, with its roots in Dublin and Europe, but its blooms (and Blooms) in our own very mixed-together American air. It's a ripe, rich read."—Albert Goldbarth

"I once read about a splendid shawl which was so finely woven it could pass through a wedding ring as easily as smoke. That image comes back to me, when I consider Judith Kitchen's novel, The House on Eccles Road. I deeply appreciate how she has done what she has done, but most of all I am grateful that she has found a modern way to do an old-fashioned thing: break my heart with words on a page. I bow."—Mary Hood

"In The House on Eccles Road, Kitchen writes gorgeously into the layers of what it means to live in disarray and communion with oneself and with others. This is a mature novel, a novel for grown-ups—where the messiness of a lived life is neither explained nor apologized. In beautiful sentence after beautiful sentence, here is Kitchen’s vision: abundant and lyrical and true." —Victoria Redel, previous winner of the S. Mariella Gable Prize

About the Author:

Judith Kitchen is the author of Only the Dance: Essays on Time and Memory and most recently Distance and Direction. She is a Writer-in-Residence at SUNY Brockport in upstate New York.

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