Country Girl by Edna O’Brien audiobook

Country Girl: A Memoir

By Edna O’Brien
Read by Edna O’Brien

Little, Brown & Company 9780316122702
13.54 Hours Unabridged
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"Country Girl is Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public Radio 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 twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation. Starting with O'Brien's birth in a grand 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 to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Country Girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2013

One of the New Yorker’s Best Books of 2012

Finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 for Nonfiction

A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice

A 2014 Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice

A New York Times bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

An NPR bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

A 2012 Library Journal Editor’s Pick

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

"Country Girl is Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public Radio

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 twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation.

Starting with O'Brien's birth in a grand 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 to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Country Girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Demure reflections on her celebrated literary life well lived comprise this lovely memoir....O'Brien always returns to the enduring heart of her writing. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Country Girl is a book of magics, truths, stories, and quiet immensity. No one else could have written it, and no one else could have lived it. Andrew O'Hagan, author of Be Near Me
Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself, with prose that is scrupulous and lyrical, beautiful and exact.... Anne Enright, Guardian (UK)
The doyenne of contemporary Irish letters did not enjoy a straight-line rise to international fame and critical regard. . .Now, of course, O'Brien's fiction (brilliant short stories as well as novels) is seen for what it always was, richly illuminating and, yes, candid depictions of women's needs and desires, rendered with no sentimentality or salaciousness. . . .Her book is a beautifully expressed testament to a writer's tenacity. Brad Hooper, Booklist (starred review)
Flashes of prodigious beauty and power. Hilary Mantel
In Country Girl there is great honesty and struggle, and joy and sorrow leaping together--pure life! Alice Munro
You must suffer to become yourself, and it doesn't get easier. I took heart from Country Girl, both as the self-portrait of a great prose stylist, and an exemplary female survivor. Judith Thurman, "Best Books of 2012," The New Yorker
When sex fails you, there's always gossip. An excellent memoir, Country Girl provided it in shedloads, along with some moral seriousness to boot. Louise Doughty, Observer (UK)
Edna O'Brien's Country Girl shimmers with heart, soul and literary brilliance. Nancy R. Ives, Library Journal
Edna O'Brien, for whom the word 'redoubtable' may well have been coined, has lived a long and quite remarkable life...Anyone who knows and loves her work, as I do, will want to read Country Girl from start to finish. Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
We follow O'Brien through convent school, love affairs, motherhood, the banning of her books, and her working years in London and New York. Along the way, we encounter Günter Gras, Joseph Brodsky, Jackie Onassis, and other luminaries. O'Brien beautifully renders her remarkably rich life, her 'many me's.' The New Yorker
This is a big, robust life, and though one might come for the literary gossip, the lucid prose and sharp insight command one's attention. It's with good reason that this memoir has been placed on so many lists of best books of 2013...We're in the thrall of one of the most beguiling and resilient contemporary writers, a stylist and a survivor...through it all, she's an exuberant literary pioneer. Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice)
A wonderful, lively memoir. Katie Roiphe, Slate.com
Edna O'Brien had to exile herself, like Joyce and Beckett, to become herself. Mad Ireland hurt her into prose the way Auden said it had hurt Yeats into poetry....Literature-O'Brien's most faithful companion, her deepest faith-brings what consolation it can. She returns the favor by adding her extravagant lyricism to its trove. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
After dazzling readers and reviewers around the world for decades, O'Brien, now 82, finally turns her attention to her own life. Country Girl is as dramatic as any novel. O, the Oprah Magazine
O'Brien is skilled at snatching triumph from melancholy....Thrilling, sensuous, unblinking. Lisa Shea, Elle
Edna O'Brien has made of her memories something of both precision and depth, a book that, letting us see her as she was, jumps with an all-consuming curiosity from one lucidly narrated event to another. Philip Roth
In prose as lyrical and exacting as any in O'Brien's fiction, Country Girl evokes both the solitariness and the adventure of a life devoted to writing. Megan O'Grady, Vogue
Ms. O'Brien has long and correctly been recognized as among the greatest Irish writers of the 20th century. She's had an outsize life to match her outsize talent. Dwight Garner, New York Times
O'Brien's account of her life is completely irresistible. Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
O'Brien's religion has been literature; to it she has remained devout, with a fervor that is contagious...She is no saint. She is an icon. Stacy Schiff, New York Times Book Review
“Edna O'Brien has made of her memories something of both precision and depth, a book that, letting us see her as she was, jumps with an all-consuming curiosity from one lucidly narrated event to another.” Philip Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“O’Brien is skilled at snatching triumph from melancholy....Thrilling, sensuous, unblinking.” Elle
“In prose as lyrical and exacting as any in O’Brien’s fiction, Country Girl evokes both the solitariness and the adventure of a life devoted to writing.” Vogue
“You must suffer to become yourself, and it doesn’t get easier. I took heart from Country Girl, both as the self-portrait of a great prose stylist and an exemplary female survivor.” New Yorker
“Ms. O’Brien has long and correctly been recognized as among the greatest Irish writers of the twentieth century. She’s had an outsize life to match her outsize talent.” New York Times
“Edna O’Brien, for whom the word ‘redoubtable’ may well have been coined, has lived a long and quite remarkable life...Anyone who knows and loves her work, as I do, will want to read Country Girl from start to finish.” Washington Post
“This is a big, robust life, and though one might come for the literary gossip, the lucid prose and sharp insight command one’s attention. It’s with good reason that this memoir has been placed on so many lists of best books of 2013...We’re in the thrall of one of the most beguiling and resilient contemporary writers, a stylist, and a survivor...Through it all, she’s an exuberant literary pioneer.” Chicago Tribune
“O’Brien’s account of her life is completely irresistible.” Boston Globe
“O’Brien’s religion has been literature; to it she has remained devout, with a fervor that is contagious...She is no saint. She is an icon.” New York Times Book Review
“Edna O’Brien had to exile herself, like Joyce and Beckett, to become herself. Mad Ireland hurt her into prose the way Auden said it had hurt Yeats into poetry....Literature—O’Brien’s most faithful companion, her deepest faith—brings what consolation it can. She returns the favor by adding her extravagant lyricism to its trove.” Los Angeles Times
“Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O’Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself, with prose that is scrupulous and lyrical, beautiful and exact.” Guardian (London)
“When sex fails you, there’s always gossip. An excellent memoir, Country Girl provided it in shedloads, along with some moral seriousness to boot.” Observer (London)
“While O’Brien overly devotes her time to cataloguing the notable actors, writers, and politicians of her acquaintance, the accounts of her childhood and her descriptions of Ireland soar with a lyricism reminiscent of [James] Joyce. Recommended for memoir lovers and readers with a desire for more insight into this important twentieth-century literary figure.” Library Journal (starred review)
“For lovers of audiobook memoirs, it doesn’t get better than this: a grand and memorable life, efficiently written and carefully detailed, as told by the person who lived it. We listen as O’Brien—propelled by destiny, courage, and confidence—writes her way out of the small-minded world of her Irish hometown; inserts herself into a high-society culture filled with musicians, literary titans, and film stars; experiences several highs on the ‘love trampoline,’ as well as life-threatening bouts of despair; and ultimately (and fortunately) breaks her vow never to write her memoir. In her narration, O’Brien’s vocal eccentricities—including a sonorous, often bemused tone—enliven and color her carefully crafted prose. The result is a detailed self-examination that achieves the realm of literary nonfiction. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Edna O’Brien

Author Bio: Edna O’Brien

Edna O’Brien is the author of numerous books, including the Country Girls trilogy, A Fanatic Heart, The Light of Evening, and Saints and Sinners. She was awarded the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. She is the recipient of the James Joyce Ulysses Medal and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 13.54
Audience: Adult
Language: English