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.
From her hospital bed in Dublin, the elderly Dilly awaits the visit of her daughter, Eleanora, from London. The epochs of her life pass before her; she also retraces Eleanora's precipitate marriage to a foreigner, which alienated mother and daughter, and Dilly's heart-rending letters sent over the years in a determination to reclaim her daughter. But Eleanora's visit does not prove to be the glad reunion Dilly prayed for. And in her hasty departure, Eleanora leaves behind a secret journal of their stormy relationship.
The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.