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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nuala O’Faolain, Nuala O’Faolain Narrator: Dearbhla Molloy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 thirty 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 back 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A big, generous, essentially old-fashion novel…There is tendeness here, and humanity, and a persuasive account of what happens when a person allows the world to enter into her once more.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “What a pleasure it is to be able to open a book and relax into the flow of a beautifully written narrative…And always, of course, behind everything is Ireland itself—beautiful, maddening Ireland.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Full of brilliant writing and heartbreaking insight.” 


  • “Ingeniously explores the consuming power of both passion and the past.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Prize for First Fiction Finalist
  • A 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2002 Audie Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/17/2014

    " I found myself impatient to get this book over with only because I wanted to see how it would end. The story just didn't hold together very well and it seemed like the same story that's been told hundreds of times before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shelly | 2/17/2014

    " I learned about the famine in Ireland, but what I remember is her writing style. It was unique and amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maryann | 2/16/2014

    " Even though I still can't remember whether or not I read this book already, I very much enjoyed it (perhaps for a second time?). With a tone similar to O'Faolain's memoir "Are you Somebody?" a lot of self-exploration of a single woman later in life with enough Irish thrown in to transport me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " this was a good book. I remember a hilarious scene involving a seal sitting on an armchair listening to classical music "

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