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

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

by Nuala O'Faolain
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Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman by Nuala O'Faolain

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805089875
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 286,185
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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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Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Not an exciting read, but an honest one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books, both for the beauty of the writing and for the uncompromising way in which she faces her own story.
Irish_Catholic_Reader More than 1 year ago
Ten years ago I could not read this book for some reason. I have given it another chance and I'm delighted. There are three reasons I wanted to read it: 1) Irish-Catholic; 2) She went out on her own when it was a men's world; and 3) I like reading about woman who are near my mom's age and opposite of my mom. ** When Nuala wrote about growing up, I ached for her and her mother. In her twenties I understood her love for Michael. As she name dropped countless acquaintances and books she read I was intriqued at her excitement and the rich fire it kindled. I understand Nuala haas passed away from cancer. I heard she opted for no chemo or surgery. Her choice lead me back to her book because I knew she was something special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i found this uninteresting and pretty boring, didnt finish it
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Castabout More than 1 year ago
I could say, takes the romantic out of Ireland too. Her accounts of living in literary Dublin during the 50's (her father's world) and the 60's are singularly hers, and lay her pretty bare. But her tale is also broader, as the post-war generation embraced and faced many social revolutions by grinding up against each other. By the end, Nuala O'Faolain is not someone you would want to swap life experiences with, or maybe even to have known, but she writes her truth powerfully. I appreciated the postlude, as it reveals a broader truth of Irish lives in the second half of the 20th C.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't well-written or interesting. I couldn't ever get into it at all because the writing style was haphazard and the story seemed boring. I never finished this one!