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

Category: Book
By (author): O'Faolain, Nuala
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Published: February 2009
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.04in x 5.43in x 0.80in
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From The Publisher*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. "
Review Quote*Are You Somebody is an extraordinary, powerful memoir. It is beautifully written, with an honesty that is both sensitive and stark." - Roddy Doyle "A remarkable memoir, poignant, truthful, and imparting that quiet wisdom which suffering brings." - Edna O'Brien "
Biographical NoteNuala 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.