The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O Brien is the Dublin: One City One Book 2019 Choice. All citizens are encouraged to read the novel that Lee Brackstone, O’Brien’s editor at Faber and Faber, describes as detonating ‘a literary bomb, the reverberations of which continue to work their way through the culture and the Irish diaspora. The Country Girls is one of the beacons of radial 20th century literature.’
The year was 1960:
JFK won the Presidential race
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee was published
Our last read was Gillian Flynn’s debut novel ‘Sharp Objects’.
Camille Preaker is a young woman in search of answers. She breaks her own self-imposed exile to return to the cloying arms of her hometown. No Prodigal daughter she. Camille returns home to Wind Gap, a small-town clinging to its roots, whose main employment is the local slaughterhouse. She is sent home at the behest of her editor- two young girls have been abducted and Camille must piece together the events, one word at a time. Camille knows all abou...
Our latest choice was ‘The Reader’ published by Bernard Schlink in 1997 which has sold millions of copies worldwide.
The story is set in Germany in 1958. Michael, a 15-year-old schoolboy, embarks on a forbidden affair with a 36-year-old train conductor named Hanna. They hide it. They pretend nothing is happening. What else are they hiding? Years after their affair, their paths collide in a most unexpected way. Hanna and Michael are both in court at the war trials, the result of which will be life changing for both.