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  • Hachette Books Ireland
  • Hachette Books Ireland

What Might Have Been Me

Yvonne Cassidy

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Is it ever too late to become the person you might have been?

Carla Matthews travelled to New York as a student for a summer but when the time came to head home to Ireland, she decided to stay behind. She had fallen in love with musician boyfriend Eddie, with the city itself, with the idea that here she could become someone new, someone she couldn't be in Dublin anymore.

Eleven years later, Carla feels stuck. She never did return to university and has almost forgotten her dream of being a writer. As she begins to wonder if this is how it will always be, she receives a phone call from home that changes everything.

Now Carla must return to Dublin, to her mother and sister, to a city and a life she hardly recognises anymore. Faced with some difficult choices, Carla begins to discover what it truly means to come home to herself.

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN ME is a compelling story of love and belonging, and of how, in the midst of devastating loss, a family finds a way to piece itself back together.

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Yvonne Cassidy

Yvonne Cassidy was born in Dublin in 1974. She studied English and Economics in University College Dublin. She has worked in the field of marketing communications and fundraising in London, Dublin and New York.

She enjoys teaching creative writing and teaches extensively in New York, where she has developed writing programmes for homeless and other marginalized writers. She lives in Manhattan with her wife, Danielle.

www.yvonnecassidy.com @YvonneCassidyNY

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