My Dream of You

  • by Nuala O'Faolain
  • Narrated by Dearbhla Molloy
  • 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kathleen de Burca is a travel writer based in London. The office is the nearest thing she has to a home. When a quick series of blows strips away the props of her life, she is faced with the frightening imperative of change. In her crisis she decides to investigate a true story about a relationship so passionate that it burned its way across the barriers of class and culture - a scandalous affair between the wife of an English landlord and an Irish servant during the devastation of Ireland's potato famine.
After an absence of 30 years, Kathleen returns to Ireland to research the story and begins a journey that leads her not only into the historical past, but into a reconsideration of the family she fled years ago. While in Ireland, she meets a lover of her own who presents her with a choice that promises to alter the course of her life. As she moves toward her decision, she calls on the strengths of her identity as a woman, an Irish woman, and a woman who is no longer young. Meanwhile, she brings the story of the long-ago lovers to a denouement as tender as it is tragic.
My Dream of You explores the extremes of passion, the depths of loneliness, and the resilience of the human heart.

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What the Critics Say



Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration, 2002
"Dearbhla Molloy's mellifluous Irish voice and inflections brings de Burca to life, replete with her struggles to understand the plight of the Irish poor then and now." (AudioFile)

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Really Beautiful!

This book was so gorgeous--great use of language, compelling plot, vivid characters---I couldn't get anything done 'til it was over!
One of the most affecting books I've read. I've never been that fascinated by things Irish (including my ancestors), but after reading this, I felt I had to go see Ireland for myself.
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- Sally

Beautiful and heartbreaking

If you like beautiful writing and complex female characters, this book is for you. In this novel, the author draws on her own unhappy past to create a unique heroine that was all too heartbreakingly real. One of the few books I have ever read that deal with love and the older woman in a realistic and compassionate way. Wonderfully written and wonderfully narrated.
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- Julie W. Capell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio