Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O'Brien is a 353-page hardcover published in 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and is a stated first North American edition.
In 1960, Edna O'Brien published The Country Girls, her first novel, which so scandalized the O'Briens' parish that the book was burned by its priests. Married with two sons, O'Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that stands among the best writing of the twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation. It is the rich and heating account of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that imprint on and enhance one lifetime.
Starting with O'Brien's birth in a grande 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 O'Brien made to America as an acclaimed writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Brilliant and sensuous, Country Girl is a book we are fortunate that Edna O'Brien decided to write.