Books by Edna O'Brien
NPR stories about Edna O'Brien
Irish novelist Edna O'Brien looks back on eight tumultuous decades in a new memoir, Country Girl. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is "a generous gift to readers" but too circumspect about O'Brien's personal life — which included encounters with Samuel Beckett, Richard Burton and Paul McCartney.
The Irish writer scandalized audiences with her 1960 novel, The Country Girls. Half a century later, she looks back on her childhood in a small village, her fame and its accessories and above all, her ceaseless drive to write.
Edna O'Brien tells 11 tales of sex, love and death, and Steve Stern romps through 20th century Jewish history. Rebecca Traister surveys how the 2008 election changed politics for women, Darin Strauss absorbs a classmate's death, and Hilary Spurling resurrects Pearl S. Buck's life and fiction.