by Sukey HowardMay, 2001
SUKEY'S AUDIO FAVORITE Nuala O'Faolain's debut novel, My Dream of You, is one of the more affecting audios I've listened to lately. Her language is lyrical, her perceptions touching and finely honed. But most of all, it's a good, totally involving book with wonderful characters, and read here in a perfectly nuanced performance by Dearbhla Molloy. Kathleen de Burca, now nearly 50, turned her back on Ireland and her unhappy home almost 30 years ago. She roamed the world as an upbeat travel writer, never allowing love or commitment into her life and now, restless after her best friend's sudden death, she returns to her rejected homeland to write about a sensational 19th century Anglo-Irish divorce case (a fascinating story in itself). Though she set out to search the past, it's the present middle age, with its sags, snags and losses, and a single life that may forever be so that Kathleen must face, and so she does, with regrets of course, but with unflinching, unsentimental clarity.