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In 1960, Edna O'Brien published The Country Girls, her first novel, which so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien, married with two sons, was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face to face with a life of high drama and contemplation. It is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that imprint upon and enliven one lifetime.

Starting with O'Brien's birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, her story moves through convent school to elopement, divorce, single-motherhood, the wild parties of the '60s in London, and encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars, and literary titans. There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as an acclaimed writer hosted by Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Brilliant and sensuous, Country Girl is a book we are fortunate that Edna O'Brien decided to write.


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Edna O'Brien, author of The Country Girls Trilogy, A Fanatic Heart, The Light of Evening, Saints and Sinners, and many other books, is the recipient of the James Joyce Ulysses Medal and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in London.

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NinaL, May 3, 2013 (view all comments by NinaL)
Edna O'Brien's memoir is a satisfying, engaging read. O'Brien writes her memoir in tantalizing vignettes that seem to be open and honest. She is humorous, touching, and thoughtful in her reflections. Her stories flit through time, at one moment these tales are the reflection of a child growing up in southern Ireland then we suddenly jump into the memories of an adult who has seen the world, yet always the streams of thought flow together weaving an intricate path of remembrance. One doesn't have to have read O'Brien's books to appreciate the stories of her life as presented in Country Girl, but perhaps her memoir will entice the reader to discover O'Brien's fiction and poetry. (A complete review is posted at LuxuryReading(dot)com.)
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