Culture & Memoir

Best Love, Rosie

Nuala O’Faolain (Author)

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Best Love, Rosie

by Nuala O’Faolain

A final novel from the beloved Irish writer, Nuala O’Faolain. Best Love, Rosie, she said, “…is the book of my years of commuting between the melancholy of Ireland and the optimism of America.”

Like 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 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 first in France, 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.

About the Author

Nuala O’Faolain (1940-2008) was an Irish journalist, TV producer, and author. She became internationally well-known for her two volumes of memoir, Are You Somebody? and Almost There, and a novel, My Dream of You, all featured on the New York Times bestseller list. She studied at University College Dublin and Oxford University, taught, traveled and worked as a TV producer for the BBC and Radio Telefís Éireann. Nuala O’Faolain split her time between Ireland and New York City.


Praise for Are You Somebody?”You don’t want the book to end; it glows with compassion and you want more. More because you know this is a fine wine of a life, richer as it ages.” – Frank McCourt, author, Angela’s Ashes”This book has to be read.” – Zoë Heller, the New York Times Book Review