Edna O’Brien is an Irish author, regarded as one of the most influential women writers of her generation. She has written novels, memoirs, plays, poetry, and short stories, and her work explores women’s lives, their often repressive upbringing, and their unsuccessful relationships with men, forthrightly and with candour. O’Brien’s first novel, The Country Girls, is the first volume of the homonymous trilogy (1960-1964), which was met with a ban by the Irish censorship board for its sexually explicit content.
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Featured book by Edna O’Brien
Maryam is only a young girl when she is abducted by the Jihadis, finding herself married into Boko Haram. Inspired by the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping, her story is that of many girls, abruptly stripped of their innocence and forced to become women and mothers all too soon. Set against the backdrop of brutality and violence perpetrated by men, this novel witnesses the abuses inflicted on Maryam but also her resilience in a chaotic and unforgiving world. The reader follows Maryam through her journey to escape her captors, into the forest and to safety. And yet, even safe, Maryam will have to face the hypocrisy and stigma of a society in denial.Read more