Edna O'Brien returns to the world of her debut novel, The Country Girls, in an inspired account of a dying mother and her daughterFrom her hospital bed in Dublin, the elderly Dilly awaits the visit of her daughter, Eleanora, from London.
The epochs of her life pass before her; emigrating to America in the 1920s, a romantic liaison she had there, the destiny that brought her back to Ireland, and her marriage into the stately Rusheen.
She also retraces Eleanora's precipitate marriage to a foreigner, and Dilly's heart-rending letters sent over the years in a determination to reclaim her daughter. Unfortunately, Eleanora's visit does not prove to be the glad reunion that it might have been . . . 'O'Brien's eloquent, luminous prose is used to rich effect in this story of a mother and daughter, and the turbulent passions that they provoke in one another' Daily Mail'A courageous as well as an artful book.
It is also a poignant one' Irish Times'Edna O'Brien is one of the greatest writers in the English-speaking world' New York Times Book Review'She is one of our bravest and best novelists' Irish Times
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 05/09/2007
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780753821756
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