Are You Somebody? (Paperback)

The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman

By Nuala O'Faolain

Holt Paperbacks, 9780805056648, 224pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1999

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/17/2009)
Hardcover (3/1/1998)

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Nuala O'Faolain attracted a huge amount of critical praise and a wide audience with the literary debut of Are You Somebody? Her midlife exploration of life's love, pain, loneliness, and self- discovery won her fans worldwide who write and tell her how her story has changed their lives. There are thousands who have yet to discover this extraordinary memoir of an Irish woman who has stepped away from the traditional roles to define herself and find contentment. They will make this paperback a long-selling classic.

About the Author

Nuala O'Faolain has been a waitress, sales clerk, and maid; a university lecturer; a TV producer; and, most recently, a columnist with "The Irish Times." She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, and National Public Radio's Week Edition. She lives in Dublin.

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

"O'Faolain's candor and honesty, and ultimately her compassion, set this memoir well apart." (Alice McDermott)

"This book has to be read." (Zoë Heller, The New York Times Book Review)

"O'Faolain understands how the most contented of us can still be overwhelmed unexpectedly by regret for the life not led."(Time)

"A profoundly textured, truthful memoir, loving and acerbic, vividly told . . . with lyrical grace and intellectual stamina . . . an immensely courageous undertaking." (The Irish Times)

"A lovely and complex mosaic out of the moments that make up a life as it is being lived." (Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today)

"Searing, unsentimental book." (Maureen Dezell, The Boston Globe)