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The Lonely Girl Paperback – November 26, 2002
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"Powerful, intelligent, ironic."—The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Edna O'Brien is the internationally-acclaimed author of 18 books including Down by the River, The House of Splendid Isolation, Mother Ireland, The Country Girls Trilogy, and A Fanatic Heart (all available from Plume). Born and raised in Ireland, she lives in London.
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It gives a very good insight into the life ,culture and overall look at how young adult women,were facing the challenges of making a life for themselves in the mid 1900's in a rapidly changing Ireland.It shows the challenges they faced at the time,what they would face in the future but more importantly the impact their family,past traditions,culture and the church had on everything they did.
It is much more a book that describes a way of life and in no way can it be described as "ChickLit" or a romance novel.
O'Brien is an excellent ,easy to read writer ,and reading this novel,makes we want to read even more of her books.
The ideas and messages in the book are very clear. The only thing I had trouble grasping was the cover photograph of what looks to be four schoolgirls ,arm in arm ,walking down the street.I can't recall any four girls together in the story ;and both Kate and Baba were 21 ,while the ones in the picture appear to be 13 or 14.
The stoyy takes place mainly in Dublin ;but portrays a totally different lifestyle we read about with Agnes Browne.
I now realize that this is the second book in "The Country Girls Trilogy";the first being "The Country Girl" and the third being ,"Girls in their Married Bliss".I am looking forward to reading them.