Readers' Review: "The Lonely Girl" By Edna O'Brien
(National Library of Ireland)
When the first novel of Edna O’Brien’s “Country Girl” trilogy was published in 1960, it was banned –- and burned –- in her native Ireland. The author’s own mother went through the book, blackening all the offending words. Today it’s hard to imagine that a series about two Irish girls coming of age could stir up so much moral outrage. The story of Kate and Baba traced their lives from youthful friendship through sexual awakening to marriage. In the trilogy’s second book, the pair have moved from the countryside of their childhood to what they hope is a new life in Dublin. But their principles and friendship are tested when Kate falls in love with a married man. Join Diane and her guests for a Readers’ Review of Edna O’Brien’s “The Lonely Girl.”
critic in residence and lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University.
director of women's studies at The George Washington University.
assistant professor in the English department at State University of New York at New Paltz.
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Excerpt from "The Lonely Girl" by Edna O'Brien. Copyright 2002 by Edna O'Brien. Reprinted here by permission of Plume. All rights reserved.