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The Country Girls Trilogy

Edna O'Brien

“It was a stark insight into the lives of women in Ireland in that time ... these women fought the expectations forced upon 'girls' of every era to become the brave new women who've influenced us today.”

Karen Walshe , Dolphin's Barn

“I worked in a pharmacy in the 60s, I met young country girls just like the main characters - it seems now like a very innocent time.”

Ruth Webster , Dublin 8


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The Country Girls is a trilogy by Irish author Edna O'Brien. It consists of three novels: The Country Girls, The Lonely Girl, and Girls in Their Married Bliss. The trilogy was re-released in 1986 in a single volume with a revised ending to Girls in Their Married Bliss and addition of an epilogue. It was the 2019 UNESCO Dublin City of Literature One City One Book choice.

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