Edna O'Brien's debut novel and the two subsequent publications, forming a trilogy now referred to as 'The Country Girls Trilogy'.
The Country Girls: Fine first edition, with slight lean to spine and minor shelf wear. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket, with some light chipping to corners and along edges. Slight loss of color to folds.
The Lonely Girl: Near-fine first edition. Slight lean to spine and a very small bump to the top rear corner. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket, with some very slight chipping to corners and spine, and some loss of colour to the folds.
Girls in the their Married Bliss: Near-fine first edition, with bump to bottom rear corner. Otherwise fine. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket with a small tear to the front cover, and some light wear to corners and spine.
Edna O'Brien's first novel The Country Girls and its sequels The Lonely Girl and Girls in their Married Bliss changed the temperature of Irish literature in the 1960s. The characters of Kate Brady and her friend Baba Brennan have inspired generation after generation of readers and writers, as we see them struggling against the confines of a rural Irish convent school; revelling in the bright lights of Dublin; and weathering the unexpected challenges of married life in London. The passion, artistry, and courage of Edna O'Brien's vision in these novels - tender portraits of innocence and youth, love and passion, dreams and reality - resonate into the twenty-first century, and are illuminated by Eimear McBride's new foreword.