Country Girl: A Memoir

Paperback | May 6, 2014

byEdna O'Brien

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"Country Girlis 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 Girlbrings 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 Girlis a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime.

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"Country Girlis Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public RadioWhen 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 ...

Edna O'Brien, author ofThe 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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316122718

ISBN - 13:9780316122719

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"This is a big, robust life, and though one might come for the literary gossip, the lucid prose and sharp insight command one's attention. It's with good reason that this memoir has been placed on so many lists of best books of 2013...We're in the thrall of one of the most beguiling and resilient contemporary writers, a stylist and a survivor...through it all, she's an exuberant literary pioneer." -Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice)