by Mark Foss
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5" x 7.5"
Publication Date: May 15, 2016
On a three-tiered stage in the Ontario countryside, the mellifluous voice of an auctioneer can induce grizzled farmers to buy broken shovels. His two sons help out with the business, but it’s his strangely mute young daughter who seduces auction-goers with her elaborate vintage costumes. When she disappears, the younger brother — now a Montreal film professor — begins a lifelong search that ultimately leads him to the silent, experimental cinema of Molly O.
In this tale of unshakeable dreams, the songs of Rodgers and Hart may contain secret messages, a country road seems to stretch timelessly into the distance and the firm earth in the backyard may well turn into quicksand. Molly O explores an unstable world where nothing is certain except what we hope for.
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
“Foss’s prose flows smoothly … captivating the reader with cinematic sensibility. The author keeps us entertained with humorous wordplay and tinges of absurdity.”
— Montreal Review of Books
“A wonderfully imagined piece of fiction … fascinating, well-told.”
— The Sun Times
“This is not a book with a conventional plot, but it does have finely drawn characterisations with an attention to detail and an elegance of writing that skims the surface of John Steinbeck … The elusive Candy is a fascinating character: unique, intangible, the centre of the obsessional behaviour of more than one of the inhabitants of this extraordinary book … Molly O remains enigmatic to the end.”
— The Progzilla Files