The Country Girls (Bloomsbury Classic Series)

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This novel tells the story of two Irish girls, Caithleen Brady (Cait) and Bridget Brennan (Baba), and their escape from a life filled with the countryside and the convent, to the allure of Dublin.

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She is one of our bravest and best novelists (Irish Times)

O'Brien rises like a lark in the clear air, she sings as she flies (Literary Review)

A gripping love story which will keep the reader guessing to the end and delight Edna O'Brien's many fans (Literary Review)

An impressive book: sinewy, spare, clotted with emotion and written in a well-balanced mixture of clipped, elliptical dialogue and rich description . . . Violence, hatred and conflict power the story along with great urgency, which makes this a book best read at a single sitting (Mail on Sunday)

A fine study of primitive passions, of marginal lives frozen in time . . . Edna remains the undisputed literary mistress of her territory. She has a perfect pitch for rural dialogue - the emotional inarticulacy, the spiteful humnour (Sunday Express)

You'll turn the pages of this book with the greatest reluctance, and that is because each page is so seductive, so dazzling, you won't want to leave it. Whether the setting is Brooklyn or London or the County Clare itself, richness in detail and atmosphere draws you in. And what novelist in the world can match Edna O'Brien when she explores the human heart? None, I say (Frank McCourt)

Ireland's greatest female writer . . . moving, dark and engrossing (Tatler)

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The first volume in Edna O'Brien's classic Country Girls Trilogy.

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