James Broderick, Ph.D., Author
One hundred years since the publication of his groundbreaking novel Ulysses, the Irish writer James Joyce remains a figure of immense interest and enduring importance. And while international scholars and armchair fans have immersed themselves in his work and life, little attention has been paid to his daughter Lucia, a creative, enigmatic, and tragic figure who spent her entire adult life in a mental hospital. Lucia's confinement becomes the jumping off point for The Last Words of James Joyce, a new novel the Manhattan Book Review calls "fascinating...an entertaining mystery with a dash of historic fiction." (Includes Breakfast)
The book raises the prospect of a lost James Joyce work, a tantalizing idea that brings together scholars, a doomsday evangelical cult, a movie producer, and the local vice squad, culminating in a narrative that is "an irreverent campus satire" and "outlandish in its zeal" (Foreword Reviews).
James Broderick, a professor of literature at New Jersey City University, is the author of nine books, including Paging New Jersey: A Literary Guide to the Garden State (Rutgers University Press), which the New Jersey Center for the Book named one of the "10 notable books of the decade." He and his wife Miriam live in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.