My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I bought so many books while in Dublin my luggage was heavy the rest of the trip. But of course. Ireland is such a literary place. Everywhere you went you heard and saw reminders of their great writers, and more specific local writers were acknowledged in the various parts of the country we visited.
I had never read any O'Brien, so thought she was one worthy of picking up. This is her first novel, about two young women from western Ireland in their late adolescence as they go to convent school and then move together to Dublin. When published, Ireland was a very conservative,Catholic country and this novel shows another side.
O'Brien captures the romantic ideals of a young woman, ideals which won't survive the encounter with the real world.
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