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  Wild Decembers Wild Decembers begins lushly with a prologue that's as much a prose poem as a map, full of cautionary demarcations. "Cloontha it is called--a locality within the bending of an arm," Edna O'Brien writes of her setting in western Ireland. With its "relics of battles of the long ago" and memories of... Read more

  James Joyce (Penguin Lives) Although Edna O'Brien has never trafficked in James Joyce's head-over-heels brand of high modernism, she does have a couple of characteristics in common with her great predecessor. After all, both authors engaged in a profoundly ambivalent excoriation of their native Ireland. And while O'Brien's... Read more

  The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue Three novels by Edna O'Brien that follow the lives of friends Kate and Baba from their school days and strict Roman Catholic upbringing in the Irish countryside to their disillusioned adulthood and failed marriages in London. The trilogy consists of The Country Girls (1960), The Lonely Girl (1962),... Read more

  House of Splendid Isolation Over the years of her increasingly distinguished career, Irish novelist and short-story writer O'Brien has been, in the public mind, transformed from a naughty lady whose books were banned in her native country to a celebrated and serious specialist in the distresses of the female heart. In her... Read more

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