July 23, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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.