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Joyce's new print novel, following many acclaimed hypertext works, addresses with powerful lyricism two parents' psychological adjustments to their son's departure for college, but despite an ear attuned (as in past efforts) to the workings of families, its framework and tone do not always harmonize. As Cathleen, a poet, drives her son, Liam, to school in upstate New York, her husband, Noah, a lawyer, stays behind; in his wife's absence, he helps an 80-year-old dowager administer her estate. While briefly separated, both Cathleen and Noah revel in memories of thrilling illicit dalliance, their last moments of youth Cathleen's an affair she had during the year following her marriage, Noah's a series of intense encounters with a French poet during his 19th summer. Constructed much like a poem, the novel is composed of artfully juxtaposed lines of dialogue, details and descriptive phrases; its narrative jumps among present, past and beyond convince us that the present is only a thin netting tossed over the past. Joyce's characters are distinct Cathleen is Oberlin educated and sensitive, Noah is materialistic but soulful and Liam is sullen but capable of articulate outbursts yet they move in too soft a focus to be entirely believable. Despite a few embarrassingly human moments, such as when Cathleen feels sexual longing for her son or 18-year-old Noah finds himself frightened by the beauty of the French poet whom he has seen only in the dark, these characters rarely reveal imperfections that might make them convincingly human. Still, Joyce's language is often gorgeously musical, and the novel has numerous quiet pleasures to impart. (Sept. 9)
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Liam's Going is an introspective, thoughtful, and ultimately emotionally rewarding story. -- Midwest Book Review(five stars)

The attentive reader is guaranteed several worthwhile epiphanies per chapter. --ForeWord Magazine

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: McPherson; 1 edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929701666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929701660
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,220,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the early 1990's The New York Times called Michael Joyce's hypertext novel afternoon "the granddaddy of hypertext fictions," while The Toronto Globe and Mail said that it "is to the hypertext interactive novel what the Gutenberg bible is to publishing," and Der TAZ in Berlin called him "Der Homer der Hypertexte." "afternoon" has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Fiction and translated into various languages. He since has published numerous hypertext fictions on the web and on disk, including "On the Birthday of the Stranger" in the inaugural edition of Evergreen Review online, as well as the fictions Twilight, A Symphony, and Twelve Blue.

His most recent print novel, Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden was published by Starcherone in 2015. Another novel, Twentieth Century Man, was published by Seismicity in 2014. His first novel, The War Outside Ireland, won the Great Lakes New Writers Award. In recent years he has been collaborating in multimedia work with LA visual artist Alexandra Grant and also had poems and translations published in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, FENCE, FOLLY (LA), Gastronomica, nor/, The Iowa Review, Metamorphoses, New Letters, Notre Dame Review, Parthenon West, Spoon River Review, New Review, OR (Otis Review) The Common and THE SHOp (Cork). His book-length sequence of poems, Paris Views, was published by BlazeVOX in 2012.

His collaborative multimedia work includes Lost Hills Hokku, (2009) text for paintings and video by Alexandra Grant's one woman show, "Bodies," at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles September 2010; and The Ladder Series, (2007) text for four paintings by Alexandra Grant for "Focus" one-woman show, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. With the Venezuelan video artist Anita Pantin, Canadian composer Bruce Pennycook, and choreographer José Bustamante, he wrote the libretto for Canzoni di morte " a trial mix," University of Texas, Austin, 2004. Another text, "Joyce in Berlin," a Hörspiel (voice play) for Osmotic Minds: Berlin Alexanderplatz 5.0, an augmented reality fiction by Stefan Schemat, Hilmar Schmundt, Michael Joyce, and Isabella Bordoni won Honorable Mention at Ars Electronica, 1999.

He lives along the Hudson River near Poughkeepsie where he is Professor of English and Media Studies at Vassar College.

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I was delighted to read Michael Joyce's book," Liam's Going." As indicated
by other reviewers, it is a poetic excursion on a simple starting concept -
the prime excursion of mother and son to the son's college. It ends up
being not just a poetic road trip through New York's Hudson Valley, but
a revelation of the family's history. Rich in imagery and language, it reminds
the reader of the work of Irish and Welsh poets of the past, while embarking
on a very modern American trip. In short, a delightful work of modern
literature. Highly recommended!
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Liam's Going by Michael Joyce is a deftly written novel about a young man named Liam who is about to go off to college. Yet his departure has repercussions on the strained marriage of his parents, each of whom must confront different pulls and separate loves in their lives. Liam's Going is a introspective, thoughtful, and ultimately emotionally rewarding story. Also highly recommended is Michael Joyce's early novel, The War Outside Ireland (Tinkers Dam Press, 0943608015, [$$$]).
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By Read More Books on October 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
One can tell that Michael Joyce is a seasoned writer, who takes his craft quite seriously. His writing is beautiful, and in my opinion, unusual. In "Liam's Going" he creates a memorable story about love and loss, about a family trying to come to peace with the past and present. On the surface this novel tells the simple tale of a son going to college--but meaningful musings lay within this fine work.
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