The new novel by the legendary Edna O’Brien, author of The Country Girls.
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** Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2020 **
Longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2020
A Times, Evening Standard and Financial Times Book of the Year
I was a girl once, but not any more . . .
A young woman, barely more than a girl herself, must learn to survive with a child of her own, in a world which seems entirely consumed by madness.
As she navigates a landscape of terrors and trials, can she find a place of safety within a society blinkered by mistrust and denial?
‘Astonishing.’ New Statesman
‘Raw and transfixing.’ Observer
‘Miraculous . . . Extraordinary.’ Mail on Sunday
‘A masterpiece.’ Irish Independent
‘Mesmerising.’ Sunday Times
‘Devastating and moving.’ Daily Telegraph
An absolutely extraordinary, shattering novel.
Stunning, shocking, haunting, pitiless yet redemptive.
Strikingly brave . . . it is the sheer beauty of O’Brien’s prose that makes this novel superb.
A book that demands to be read and won’t be forgotten.
Really and truly extraordinary . . . a work of towering humanity and enduring literary value; a hard and beautiful miracle.
A novel of profound and ever-renewing empathy and grace.
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