Liam's Going
  • Author: Joyce, Michael
  • Binding: Clothbound
  • Pages: 207
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 2002
  • ISBN: 0-929701-66-6
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $22.00
An Autograph Edition of 1500 numbered copies signed by the author.

This weekend Liam's going away to college, and his mother, Cathleen Hogan Williams, is taking him there, driving south along the Hudson. For Liam, impatience to arrive at a new destination rubs against the anxiety of a future apart. For Cathleen, the trip has a second purpose: a long-suppressed love affair she had before conceiving him has resurfaced in a poem she is trying to write. Noah, her husband, endures the new separation at home...until an elderly Irish enchantress, a client of his law practice, leads him to recalculate what he himself may have left behind in his youth. For this couple, married and alone, Liam's going ripples outward across the surface of their marriage, the melange of their intertwining memories.

Michael Joyce's new novel is an affecting song of the rites of passage--startlingly beautiful in its prose, even more so in its recognitions. In Liam's Going, Joyce--the foremost American author working in the new electronic artform of "hypertext"--has returned to his storytelling roots. [Note: For links to some of Michael Joyce's hypertexts, please go to the author page.]


"This new novel isn't merely steeped in Hudson River Valley lore, it positively radiates with knowledge of and affection for the area.... In addition to being an eloquent meditation on memory and passion, [Liam's Going] is a sort of poets' guide to the area between Peeksill and Albany.... The attentive reader is guaranteed several worthwhile epiphanies per Chapter."
-- ForeWord Magazine

Helene Cixous recently remarked 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,...

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