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My Dream of You | [Nuala O'Faolain]

My Dream of You

Nuala O'Faolain first entered the literary scene with her best selling memoir, Are You Somebody?. In her recently released first novel, My Dream of You, travel writer Kathleen de Burca returns to Ireland after a 30-year absence to investigate a true story about a scandalous affair during the potato famine. Hear an interview with author.
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Publisher's Summary

Kathleen de Burca is a travel writer based in London. The office is the nearest thing she has to a home. When a quick series of blows strips away the props of her life, she is faced with the frightening imperative of change.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration, 2002

"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)

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    "Really Beautiful!"

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 06-03-09
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 06-03-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Beautiful and heartbreaking"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary B. Bernstein New York, New York United States 09-18-12
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    Would you listen to My Dream of You again? Why?

    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.


    If you could rename My Dream of You, what would you call it?

    I love the title as it suggests a dreamlike quality which is different from real life.


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    Cathy Cornelius, NC, United States 05-20-11
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    Pretty good over all, a good bit of Irish history. Like the way the book flowed...

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