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Edna O'Brien

Ireland (1932 - )
Mother of Carlo Gébler

In more than twenty books, Edna O'Brien has charted the emotional and psychic landscape of her native Ireland. Often criticised in her own country for her outspoken stance, she has forged a universal audience; the San Francisco Chronicle described her as 'a worthy heir to the great Irish forebears in Irish literature', while Le Figaro noted that 'the breathlessness of her language is comparable to Faulkner'. Awards and prizes include the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, Writers' Guild of Great Britain, Premier Cavour (Italian), American National Arts Gold Medal and Ulysses Medal 2006.
Country Girls Trilogy
1. The Country Girls (1960)
2. The Lonely Girl (1962)
     aka The Girl with Green Eyes
3. Girls in Their Married Bliss (1963)
The Country Girls Trilogy (omnibus) (1986)

Picture Books
Edna O'Brien recommends
The Last of Summer
The Last of Summer (1943)
Kate O'Brien
"This novel perfectly captures the mood and landscape of a corner of Ireland."
The Pumpkin Eater
The Pumpkin Eater (1962)
Penelope Mortimer
"Almost every woman I can think of will want to read this book."
Providence (1982)
Anita Brookner
"Anita Brookner is a stunning writer."
The Nature of Water and Air
The Nature of Water and Air (2001)
Regina McBride
"What distinguishes The Nature of Water and Air is the precision of the language and the haunting power of the narrative."
Dancing with Minnie the Twig
Dancing with Minnie the Twig (2002)
Mogue Doyle
"A terrific first novel: fresh, sparky, yet deeply felt."

The Stray Sod Country (2010)
Patrick McCabe

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