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Edna O'Brien

Biography

Edna O'Brien

Edna O'Brien, author of the Country Girls trilogy --- A FANATIC HEART, THE LIGHT OF EVENING, SAINTS AND SINNERS --- and other widely acclaimed books, is a recipient of the Ulysses Medal, the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Arts Club Gold Medal and the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her memoir, COUNTRY GIRL, received the Argosy Irish Nonfiction Book of the Year prize from the Irish Book Awards. Born and raised in the west of Ireland, O'Brien has lived in London for many years.

Edna O'Brien

Books by Edna O'Brien

by Edna O'Brien - Fiction

Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed. A disgraced Fidelma flees to England and seeks work among the other migrants displaced by wars and persecution. But it is not until she confronts him --- her nemesis --- at the tribunal in The Hague that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climax.

by Edna O'Brien - Fiction, Short Stories

As John Banville writes in his introduction to THE LOVE OBJECT, Edna O'Brien "is, simply, one of the finest writers of our time.” The 31 stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked, while others carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical.

by Edna O'Brien - Memoir, Nonfiction

When Edna O'Brien's first novel, THE COUNTRY GIRLS, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the 20th century. COUNTRY GIRL brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation.