Author Nuala O'Faolain

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    Nuala O'Faolain
    Nuala O'Faolain
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    March 14, 2001 - Author Nuala O'Faolain's new novel is My Dream of You. Morning Edition host Bob Edwards talks with her about how she created such a complex story line that includes Irish history, a scandalous affair, and a woman's search for love.

    My Dream of You is the story of Kathleen de Burca, a lovelorn travel writer, who returns to her native Ireland to write about an obscure scandal in her country's past. She finds herself drawn to the people involved in the 150-year-old scandal, known as the Talbot Affair. Marianne Talbot was the wife of an Irish land-owner. William Mullan was a Talbot house servant. The two had an affair. Kathleen wonders, why and how did they risk everything for love?

    O'Faolain has recently published a memoir, Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman.

    Selected Excerpts

    O'Faolain talks about the origin of her novel.
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    O'Faolain talks about how hunger is a metaphor in her novel. (Edwards references part of the novel's timetable, set in the 1840s during Ireland's devastating famines.)
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    O'Faolain talks about why she never believed a novel's characters run away from their author, taking on a life of their own.
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    O'Faolain talks about her conflicted desire to be a woman in the home. (Bob references her recently-published memoir, Are You Somebody?)
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    O'Faolain talks about the effect of Ireland's patriarchal tradition on her life and the lives of its future women.
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