The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien

  • July 23, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Angie's House

Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, unleashed a wave on anger and censorship in her native Ireland.  Many there believed that it was an attack on traditional Irish and Catholic values.  Others considered it a breakthrough examination of sexual and social issues in a repressive post-War society.

The Country Girls is the first novel in a trilogy which follows two Irish women from their roots as convent-educated girls through the trials and tribulations of life.  We will be focusing on the first novel at this meeting, but, of course, people are welcome to read the rest of the trilogy if you are so inclined.


A word of caution:  O’Brien published a memoir titled Country Girl. Also, The Country Girls was adapted as a play. Take care when
ordering the book that you are getting the novel and not the memoir or play.

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  • Angie R.

    Wonderful discussion as always!

    July 24, 2013

  • Barbara

    As usual, our group engaged in lively discussion and shared a variety of points of view. Always an engaging and energizing group!

    July 24, 2013

  • Danielle

    I am sorry I can't make it. I just found out I need to travel for work this week.. I hope someone else can get the spot. I know it's short notice...

    July 21, 2013

  • Matthew

    I just wanted to say that there was some initial discussion about whether people were reading only The Country Girls or the entire trilogy. Having just finished the trilogy, I would highly recommend that those who have the trilogy to continue reading- both because it gets much better (I'll leave that for discussion) and that the works are so different, yet build on each other. Of course, it's pretty late in the game to discuss further reading, but just wanted to add my 2 cents.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe if I get the book and read it in time.

    July 15, 2013

  • Barbara

    Hey, Danielle.....we all try to bring something small that we can easily eat as a snack....or you can bring a bottle of wine which is ALWAYS welcome!

    July 12, 2013

  • Danielle

    Hi.. I just joined and this will be my first meet up. Should I bring something? Thanks! Dani

    July 7, 2013

  • Linda

    Not sure if I can make this but this book is fantastic. A brilliant writer

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Marie L.

    Look forward to this

    1 · June 26, 2013

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