by Edna O'Brien
to be released April 30th, 2013
OVERVIEW (FROM BARNES & NOBLE)
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 Girls so 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 deteriorating family house in Ireland and the physicality of family life in the country, her story 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. Brilliant and sensuous, COUNTRY GIRL is a book that Edna O'Brien was always meant to write.
I had heard good things about this author so I emailed her and received a complimentary copy of her book COUNTRY GIRL for this unbiased review. I was hoping to learn more about Ms. O'Brien and what inspired her as a writer. I got a little of that from the book but it lest me just a little disappointed. There were parts of the book that were really good but overall I have to say I was left wanting a lot more."The author, Ms. O'Brien lets us see her as she actually was. You may shed a few tears right along with the author. She says she can distinguish between the good tears and the bad tears.
I'd give this book 3 STARS.
Edna O'Brien is an Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer whose works often revolve around the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men, and to society as a whole. Her first novel, The Country Girls, is often credited with breaking silence on sexual matters and social issues during a repressive period in Ireland following World War II. The book was banned, burned and denounced from the pulpit, and O'Brien left Ireland behind. She now lives in London. Philip Roth considers her “the most gifted woman now writing in …