Edna O'Brien: "Country Girl: A Memoir"

Edna O'Brien in Lake Park, County Wicklow, in 1952. 
 - Image courtesy the author.

Edna O'Brien in Lake Park, County Wicklow, in 1952.

Image courtesy the author.

Edna O'Brien: "Country Girl: A Memoir"

In 1960, Edna O'Brien published "The Country Girl," her first novel. Considered scandalous at the time, the book was burned by priests throughout her native Ireland. Undeterred, she spent the next 50 years creating a body of work that stands among the best writing of the 20th century. Diane talks with Edna O'Brien about her often lonely life and the work that sustained her.

In 1960, Edna O'Brien published "The Country Girl," her first novel. Considered scandalous at the time, the book was burned by priests throughout her native Ireland. Undeterred, she spent the next 50 years creating a body of work that stands among the best writing of the 20th century. Diane talks with Edna O'Brien about her often lonely life and the work that sustained her.

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Excerpt from "Country Girl: A Memoir" by Edna O'Brien. Copyright 2013 by Edna O'Brien. Reprinted here by permission of Little, Brown and Company. All rights reserved.

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