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ISBN13: 9780316122719
ISBN10: 0316122718
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"Country Girl is Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public Radio

When Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien 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.

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 a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Country Girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime.

About the Author

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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lukas, March 27, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"The world with all its sins and guile and blandishments was beckoning."
Irish writer Edna O'Brien's debut novel "Country Girls" shocked her hometown and the parish priest burned a copy. O'Brien's memoir discusses her childhood in Ireland, her literary career, her struggles (church, family, country), and her life in London, where she has lived for many years. Clear eyed, observant, and witty, this is a fine memoir by a writer whom Philip Roth has compared to Colette.
PS-She had a one night stand with Robert Mitchum!
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lukas, March 27, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"The world with all its sins and guile and blandishments was beckoning."
Irish writer Edna O'Brien's debut novel "Country Girls" shocked her hometown and the parish priest burned a copy. O'Brien's memoir discusses her childhood in Ireland, her literary career, her struggles (church, family, country), and her life in London, where she has lived for many years. Clear eyed, observant, and witty, this is a fine memoir by a writer whom Philip Roth has compared to Colette.
PS-She had a one night stand with Robert Mitchum!
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ISBN:
9780316122719
Author:
O'brien, Edna
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
O'Brien, Edna
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.77 lb

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