Country Girl

Country Girl

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013, ©2012.
Edition: First North American edition.
ISBN: 9780316122702
Branch Call Number: 823 OBR O
Characteristics: x, 357 pages ; illustrations ; 25 cm


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May 31, 2017

I enjoyed this memoir.

Jan 25, 2016

Well written. An interesting portrait of her life and times in the sixties and beyond.

Mar 27, 2015

"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.

actor35 Sep 16, 2014

I'm trying to renew but it keeps coming up as hold

Jan 20, 2014

A memoir by a remarkable woman. The first half is better than the second half, but all is worth reading.

ChristchurchLib Dec 18, 2012

Biography and Memoir December 2012 newsletter

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