Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman

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Macmillan, Feb 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages
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"You don't want the book to end; it glows with compassion and you want more, more because you know this is a fine wine of a life, richer as it ages."—Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes

One of nine children born into a penniless North Dublin family, Nuala O'Faolain was saved from a harrowing childhood by her love of books and reading. Though she ultimately became one of Ireland's best-known columnists, her professional success did little to ease her loneliness and longing for a deep connection to the world. Are You Somebody? distills her experiences into a wisdom that can only come from an obstinate refusal to shrink from life.

This commemorative edition of her landmark memoir celebrates O'Faolain's remarkable life and work with a new foreword from Frank McCourt as well as additional archival materials. Strikingly vivid and starkly emotional, Are You Somebody? is, like O'Faolain herself, a singular example of courage, honesty, and bold living.

 

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This is one of my valued books and I have read it many times. Her writing sings so eloquently and is heartfelt at the same time. Even the intonation of the title says so much. Full of warmth, insight, humour and compassion, I really felt she had so much to say about so many subjects, literature, childhood, Ireland and growing up as a woman trying to find freedom and peace.  

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INTRODUCTION
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About the author (2009)

Nuala O'Faolain was a waitress, sales clerk, and maid; a university lecturer; a TV producer; and a columnist with The Irish Times. The author of three consecutive New York Times bestsellers, her books include the memoir Almost There, a follow-up to Are You Somebody?, as well as two novels: My Dream of You and The Story of Chicago May. She died in Dublin in 2008.

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