Nuala O'Faolain is a columnist with the Irish Times. To a certain extent she followed her journalist father's footsteps, but her climb was a bit more difficult. In addition to her struggles to become a writer, O'Faolain grew up a woman in the impoverished Ireland of the 40's and 50's. Although her childhood in some ways was similar to those of Frank McCourt and Christie Brown, she had the added burden of being female.
Like Brown and McCourt, the family struggled with too many mouths to feed and an alcoholic parent. In her adult years, Nuala struggled with her own affliction with the disease of alcoholism. She managed to find recovery from alcoholism and pull her self up from an extremely low place. Her story of the rebuilding of her life is an inspiration to those suffering from alcoholism -- their own or that of a loved one.
The winner will be whomever leaves the most comments on this post (or subsequent posts as needed) by Monday evening 6pm Eastern Time.
I may need to wait until the next day to announce the winner - depending on when we get our internet hooked up at home~