The final novel from a beloved Irish writer, “Best Love, Rosie…is the book of my years of commuting between the melancholy of Ireland and the optimism of America.” —Nuala O’FaolainLike many a modern, well-travelled woman, Rosie has lived a fascinating life, full of adventure and the pleasure of many lovers in her younger years. Now, facing the challenges of middle-age, she finds that the things that defined her most—work, love, independence—begin to fail her. She comes home to Ireland to care for her elderly aunt Min, trapped by circumstances in sleepy Dublin. But when an opportunity arises to visit New York again, the story takes an unexpected turn…
Published to rave reviews in France (Sabine Wespieser, Editeur), Best Love, Rosie became an instant bestseller in Ireland, where it was published in May 2009 to mark the first anniversary of Nuala’s death. This posthumous novel is bittersweet, giving us one last look through those fierce eyes at aging, death, relationships and, as always, love.
Nuala O’Faolain (1 March 1940–9 May 2008) was an Irish journalist, TV producer, book reviewer, teacher and author. She became internationally well-known for her two volumes of memoir, Are You Somebody? and Almost There; a novel, My Dream of You; and a history with commentary, The Story of Chicago May. She was educated at University College Dublin, the University of Hull, and Oxford University. She taught for a time, traveled and worked as a TV producer for the BBC and Radio Telefís Éireann.
A New York Times best-selling author, three times over, introduced to America in 1999 as “the female Frank McCourt,’ Nuala’s books have sold worldwide and have been translated into many languages. Best Love, Rosie, her last novel, is thinly disguised fiction, remembering the life and loves of an extraordinary author.
Nuala O’Faolain split her time between Clare and New York City.
Best Love, Rosie
Paper, 450 pages