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O'Brien, Edna

Overview
Works: 331 works in 1,413 publications in 6 languages and 31,887 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Biography  Romance fiction  Biographies  Autobiographies  History  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Performer, Correspondent, Recipient, Illustrator
Classifications: PR6065.B7, 823.914
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The little red chairs : a novel by Edna O'Brien( Book )

30 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 2,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ten years on from her last novel, Edna O'Brien reminds us why she is thought to be one of the great Irish writers of this and any generation. When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell and in this astonishing novel, Edna O'Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction. The Little Red Chairs is a story about love, the artifice of evil, and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world. A narrative which dares to travel deep into the darkness has produced a book of enormous emotional intelligence and courage. Written with a fierce lyricism and sensibility, The Little Red Chairs dares to suggest there is a way back to redemption and hope when great evil is done. Almost six decades on from her debut, Edna O'Brien has produced what may be her masterpiece in the novel form."
The country girls trilogy and epilogue by Edna O'Brien( Book )

144 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls who have spend their childhood together, leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the city. Kate is dreamy and romantic and yearning for love, while Baba just wants to experience life as a single woman. Although they set out together, their lives take unexpected turns with each learning to find her own way
Wild Decembers by Edna O'Brien( Book )

43 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charts the quick and critical demise of relations between Joseph Brennan and Mick Bugler, 'the warring sons of warring sons, ' in the countryside of western Ireland."--Jacket
House of splendid isolation by Edna O'Brien( Book )

47 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An IRA terrorist, McGreevy, invades Josie's remote old house outside an Irish village, and their coexistence begins as a hostile standoff and evolves into something far more ambiguous
The light of evening by Edna O'Brien( Book )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 1,602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From her Dublin hospital bed, an ailing elderly woman recalls the important events and people of her life, from her emigration to America in the 1920s, to her Irish marriage, to motherhood, as she awaits a visit from her estranged daughter, Eleanora
In the forest by Edna O'Brien( Book )

45 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michen O'Kane, who was born with a killer instinct, unleashes his murderous rage along the countryside of western Ireland, drawing innocent victims into the forest of his twisted fantasies
A fanatic heart : selected stories of Edna O'Brien by Edna O'Brien( Book )

43 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of stories in which love and loss are the prevailing themes. Some stories examine the strong emotional ties between unrelated people while others take a look at the relationship between husband and wife and the expression of love in sexual intimacy
Saints and sinners : stories by Edna O'Brien( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A timeless collection of short stories about the driving forces in our lives. The author introduces us to a vivid new cast of restless, searching people who, whether in the Irish countryside or London or New York, remind us of our own humanity. A librarian waits in the lobby of a posh Dublin hotel expecting to meet a celebrated poet while reflecting on the great love who disappointed her. Irish workers dream of becoming millionaires in London, but long for their quickly changing homeland exiles in both places. A searing anatomy of class is seen through a little girl's eyes
A pagan place by Edna O'Brien( Book )

66 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After leaving for a religious community in Belgium, a young woman remembers her childhood in rural Ireland. She reflects on the rituals of village life, the people she encountered, and the enchanting beauty of the landscape. Her mind then turns to the shocking event that led to her departure
Byron in love : a short daring life by Edna O'Brien( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographer Edna O'Brien follows Byron from the dissipations of Regency London to the wilds of Albania and the Socratic pleasures of Greece and Turkey, culminating in his meteoric rise to fame at the age of 24 on the publication of Childe Harold. With her prismatic eye and novelistic style, O'Brien captures the spirit of the man and creates a portrait of Byron that explodes the Romantic myth. From his escapades with a fourteen-year-old Cambridge choir boy, to those with a galaxy of women that included his half-sister, his wife of one year, and the Italian countess who forsook her husband for "the peer of England," Byron scandalized the world and inspires "Byronmania" to this day--the poet as rebel, imaginative and lawless, and defiantly immortal.--From publisher description
The love object : selected stories by Edna O'Brien( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The thirty-one stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked and some carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "The Love Object" recounts a passionate affair between the narrator and her older lover. The magnificent, mid-career title story from Lantern Slides portrays a Dublin dinner party that takes on the lives and loves of all the guests. More recent stories include "Shovel Kings" and "Old Wounds," which follows the revival and demise of the friendship between two elderly cousins
Tales for the telling : Irish folk & fairy stories by Edna O'Brien( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twelve folk and fairy tales from Ireland, including "The Magic Apples," "The Swan Bride," and "Paddy the Piper."
A scandalous woman and other stories by Edna O'Brien( Book )

41 editions published between 1972 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Placed on a dusty top shelf by the toy store owner, a doll who is not as new or pretty as the others still hopes that on Christmas Eve someone will come to take her home
Girl with green eyes by Edna O'Brien( Book )

61 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in English and Polish and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From eccentric Joanna's boarding house, predatory Baba roams Dublin looking for men to give her a good time - and dragging with her a reluctant Cait, worrying about her figure and wanting to talk about books. Then she meets dark, long-faced Eugene Gaillard, a film director and for a while, Cait's romantic dreams seem to be fulfilled. But Eugene Gaillard is a Protestant divorcee and when Cait's father gets to hear of it, he summons a lynch mob. Steering expertly between high romance, outright farce and the blend of them that is reality, GIRL WITH GREEN EYES is an original and joyful story of the gateway to adulthood
The love object by Edna O'Brien( Book )

52 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in English and German and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The thirty-one stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked and some carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "The Love Object" recounts a passionate affair between the narrator and her older lover. The magnificent, mid-career title story from Lantern Slides portrays a Dublin dinner party that takes on the lives and loves of all the guests. More recent stories include "Shovel Kings" and "Old Wounds," which follows the revival and demise of the friendship between two elderly cousins
The little red chairs : a novel by Edna O'Brien( Recording )

24 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal. Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All of that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed. Fidelma, disgraced, flees to England and seeks work among the other migrants displaced by wars and persecution. But it is not until she confronts him-her nemesis-at the tribunal in the Hague, that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climax. The Little Red Chairs is a story about love, and the endless search for it. It is also a story about mankind's fascination with evil and how long and crooked the road towards home is
A rose in the heart by Edna O'Brien( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lonely girl by Edna O'Brien( Book )

26 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and Persian and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mrs. Reinhardt and other stories by Edna O'Brien( Book )

23 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dubliners by James Joyce( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With a brand-new Afterword by Malachy McCourt, this edition of one of the most famous short story collections in English literature draws a vivid, unflinching portrait of Joyce's Dublin at the turn of the 20th century, with rich imagery and characterization
 
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The light of evening
Alternative Names
Gebler, Edna O'Brien

O'Braian, Entna

O'Brien, Edna 1936-

O'Brien Gebler, Edna

או׳בראיין, עדנה

Languages
English (849)

German (8)

Polish (4)

French (2)

Persian (1)

Hebrew (1)

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Wild DecembersHouse of splendid isolationThe light of eveningIn the forestA fanatic heart : selected stories of Edna O'BrienSaints and sinners : storiesA pagan placeByron in love : a short daring life