In her crisis she decides to investigate a true story about a relationship so passionate that it burned its way across the barriers of class and culture - a scandalous affair between the wife of an English landlord and an Irish servant during the devastation of Ireland's potato famine.
After an absence of 30 years, Kathleen returns to Ireland to research the story and begins a journey that leads her not only into the historical past, but into a reconsideration of the family she fled years ago. While in Ireland, she meets a lover of her own who presents her with a choice that promises to alter the course of her life. As she moves toward her decision, she calls on the strengths of her identity as a woman, an Irish woman, and a woman who is no longer young. Meanwhile, she brings the story of the long-ago lovers to a denouement as tender as it is tragic.
My Dream of You explores the extremes of passion, the depths of loneliness, and the resilience of the human heart.
©2001 Nuala O'Faolain, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"Dearbhla Molloy's mellifluous Irish voice and inflections brings de Burca to life, replete with her struggles to understand the plight of the Irish poor then and now." (AudioFile)
This book was so gorgeous--great use of language, compelling plot, vivid characters---I couldn't get anything done 'til it was over!
One of the most affecting books I've read. I've never been that fascinated by things Irish (including my ancestors), but after reading this, I felt I had to go see Ireland for myself.
If you like beautiful writing and complex female characters, this book is for you. In this novel, the author draws on her own unhappy past to create a unique heroine that was all too heartbreakingly real. One of the few books I have ever read that deal with love and the older woman in a realistic and compassionate way. Wonderfully written and wonderfully narrated.
I first read this novel in print and it has stayed with me for a long time. You almost feel as if a good friend were telling you her story. In particular, the story of how she chose not to enter a one sided relationship with a man can apply to many people.
I love the title as it suggests a dreamlike quality which is different from real life.
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