Friday, March 3, 2023

The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien

March is Reading Ireland Month. Cathy at 746 Books is sponsoring the ninth annual celebration of Irish books and culture. Find out more about Reading Ireland Month here.

I'm celebrating by reading the first book by the wonderful Irish writer, Edna O'Brien---The Country Girls.

Today's Featured Book 

The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien

Genre: Classic; Irish Fiction; Coming-of-Age

Published: 1960

Page Count: 192 pages


"The country girls are Caithleen 'Kate' Brady and Bridget 'Baba' Brennan, and their story begins in the repressive atmosphere of a small village in the west of Ireland in the years following World War II. Kate is a romantic, looking for love; Baba is a survivor. Setting out to conquer the bright lights of Dublin, they are rewarded with comical miscommunications, furtive liaisons, bad faith, bad luck, bad sex, and compromise; marrying for the wrong reasons, betraying for the wrong reasons, fighting in their separate ways against the overwhelming wave of expectations forced upon 'girls' of every era."


BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY is hosted by Rose City ReaderWhat book are you happy about reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) on BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY! Add the link to your blog or social media post and visit other blogs to see what others are reading.

Happy Friday and welcome to the FIRST LINE FRIDAY, hosted by Reading is My Superpower! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

"I wakened quickly and sat up in bed abruptly. It is only when I am anxious that I waken easily and for a minute I did not know why my heart was beating faster than usual. Then I remembered. The old reason. He had not come home."

THE FRIDAY 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. To play, open a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% on your e-reader). Find a sentence or two and post them, along with the book title and author. Then link up on Freda's Voice and visit others in the linky. 

"'I never deprived you or anything, nor your mother either. Now did I?'


'Ye had only to mention a thing and ye got it.' I said that was true and went downstairs immediately to fry him a rasher and make a cup of tea. I called him when it was ready and he came down in his old clothes. He wasn't going out any more, the temptation to drink was over for this time."

The purpose of THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, and befriend other bloggers. THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer   

March 3rd - 9th - Have you joined the library reading app, Libby? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Oh yes. I use it to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks from Overdrive at my library.

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