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Country Girl

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ISBN-10: 031612270X

ISBN-13: 9780316122702

Edition: 2013

Authors: Edna O'Brien

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Edna O'Brien's family encouraged her to attend pharmacy school, but she left before finishing to marry an older writer, give birth to two sons, and publish, in 1960, her first novel.The Country Girlsso scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by the priest, her family disgraced. COUNTRY GIRL comes twenty-one books later, 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 quickly deteriorating family house in western Ireland and the physicality of family life in the country, her story moves on to the crushes and challenges of convent school; elopement, divorce, single-motherhood, and the wild parties of the '60s in London that included people from all walks of life, including such stars as Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, and Paul McCartney. There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as an acclaimed writer who was sought and hosted by Jackie Onassis and invited to the White House by Hillary Clinton. The "broken piano" state of old age is heightened by the intensity of reading, and the drive to write. A brilliant, sensuous rendition of the memoir form, COUNTRY GIRL is a book that Edna O'Brien was always meant to write.
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Edna O'Brien's previous works of fiction include "Down by the River", "House of Splendid Isolation", "Time & Tide", & "Lantern Slides", which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Her book about James Joyce was published in 1999 & excerpted in "The New Yorker". An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, O'Brien grew up in Ireland & now lives in London.

The Dining Room
Summer Holiday
Brides of Christ
Big Time
The Literary Bessie Bunter
The Doll's House
The Sleeve of Saskia
The Blank Page
The North
New York, New York
The Night of Time
Wild Horses
Copyright Acknowledgments
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