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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141012846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141012841
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 875,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Her writing is so passionate, so personal - she writes for a whole generation everywhere - a wonderful novelist' Evening Standard"

About the Author

Are You Somebody? Nuala O'Faolain's autobiographical memoir, was published to huge success and critical acclaim in America and Ireland. Since then she has also written the bestselling novel, My Dream of You. She lives in the west of Ireland and New York.


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This is the first book I have read by author Nuala O'Faolain, but it far from the first autobiographical piece I've read. The latter part of my opening comment allows me to state without reservation that I have never read a more brutally and painfully candid work. Using the word beautiful may seem contradictory but it is her unstinting honesty about everyone, herself most of all, that makes this such a remarkable memoir. I don't think I would have gotten through the book if she had only been candid about everyone except herself. Her willingness to place herself, fears, regrets and anger out on view for the world to read is nothing short of remarkable.
This book covers about 6 years from her first memoir which apparently had the same sort of candor although she did offer it to people who were included prior to its publication. How much she may have changed is not entirely clear, but judging by what was included here I doubt she changed very much.
The book is also a philosophical exercise by a woman who has seen the majority of her life and is brutally honest about what she is and is not willing to do with the balance of the 16 and three-quarter years the actuarial tables allot to her. Initially the most startling part of the book was toward the end when she spoke of the 8 year old daughter of her partner. At first I was put off, and then my reaction changed completely. If there has ever been a case of the truth hurts, and the truth will set you free, in a manner of speaking, this lady has written it.
I don't know how many males will read this book but they should. Much of what she discusses is not bounded by gender, and when there are gender specific issues there are plenty of issues that males can plug in.
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I read it in two evenings. So absorbing and so honest. Amazing writer.
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