Liam's Going -- paperback
  • Author: Joyce, Michael
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Pages: 207
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-929701-88-2
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $15.00

Liam Williams is heading to college, and eagerly anticipates his independence. But for Cathleen, his mother, and Noah, his father, Liam's going is anything but easy. Both project their lost dreams of youth onto their only child, and when Cathleen leaves Noah alone upstate to drive Liam down through New York's Hudson Valley to his school, their separation becomes a moving story of learning how to come to grips with losing without letting go.

"Michael Joyce has written a stunning novel of the deeply perplexing paradox of love. Liam's Going begins as a simple story, a young man being driven to college, and unfolds into a mythic grandness. It reminded me of the best of James Salter and John Updike, as well as Faulkner and the other Joyce, beautifully wrought into something tender and serious and original." -- David Means

"Here is a book with both style and substance and a sense of poetry that illumines both the story and the reader. Michael Joyce is a major figure in our literature." -- The Compulsive Reader


Helene Cixous has suggested that "Michael Joyce is a subliminal explorer--he sets off to explore mental regions that are generally neglected, as if they were forests or deserted islands. ... This is the secret of great poetical writing." Mr. Joyce's first novel, The War Outside Ireland,...

Michael Joyce Interview: Teaching in the Margins (Full Stop website)
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