Country Girl

Country Girl

by Edna O'Brien


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316122719
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Back Bay Readers' Pick
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 211,653
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Country Girl: A Memoir 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
pennysmom More than 1 year ago
Giving it 5 stars to counteract the people who literally judge a book by its cover, and give it one star without having read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of dull...didn't make me care about her life at all...too choppy
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spatt856 More than 1 year ago
I find the cover so distasteful I couldn't even think about reading the book. At the same time I feel the cover probably says a lot about the content of the book, so I feel that I wouldn't like it anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a good example... DONT SMOKE CRACK!!!