Irish Women Write: 5 Novels as Varied as the Shade of Green

September 18 2014

From  aristocrats to convents to yearning hearts, there is something for every reader in this list of books written by Irish women.

The Country Girls Trilogy
by Edna O'Brien

Actually three books that follow Kate and Baba, two ambitious Irish country girls who leave rural Ireland for Dublin in search of life: romantic Kate seeks love, while pragmatic Baba will take whatever she can get. Under the big city’s bright lights, they spin their lives into a whirl of comic and touching misadventures, wild flirtations, and reckless passions. But love changes everything. And as their lives take unexpected and separate turns, Baba and Kate must ultimately learn to go it alone.

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The Country Girls Trilogy
Edna O'Brien

Actually three books that follow Kate and Baba, two ambitious Irish country girls who leave rural Ireland for Dublin in search of life: romantic Kate seeks love, while pragmatic Baba will take whatever she can get. Under the big city’s bright lights, they spin their lives into a whirl of comic and touching misadventures, wild flirtations, and reckless passions. But love changes everything. And as their lives take unexpected and separate turns, Baba and Kate must ultimately learn to go it alone.

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The Butterfly Cabinet
by Bernie McGill

When former nanny Maddie McGlade receives a letter from the last of her charges, she realizes the time has come to unburden herself of a secret she has kept for more than seventy years: the truth behind the death of Charlotte Ormond, the four-year-old daughter of the wealthy household where Maddie was employed as a young woman. Based on chilling events that actually took place in the north of Ireland in 1892, this is a dark, emotionally complex novel that explores the dark side of turn-of-the century aristocracy. Charlotte's mother, Harriet Osmond, is violent, abusive, and (what else?) an avid lepidopterist.

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The Butterfly Cabinet
Bernie McGill

When former nanny Maddie McGlade receives a letter from the last of her charges, she realizes the time has come to unburden herself of a secret she has kept for more than seventy years: the truth behind the death of Charlotte Ormond, the four-year-old daughter of the wealthy household where Maddie was employed as a young woman. Based on chilling events that actually took place in the north of Ireland in 1892, this is a dark, emotionally complex novel that explores the dark side of turn-of-the century aristocracy. Charlotte's mother, Harriet Osmond, is violent, abusive, and (what else?) an avid lepidopterist.

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Irish Girls About Town
by Maeve Binchy, Marion Keyes, Kathy Kelly

In stories that range from how an expat's home homecoming shakes things up for her family, who finds her life utterly scandalous to one woman whose relationship is so bleedin' perfect in every way that it's driving her friends up the wall to two women's madcap road trip through the states where they have completely opposite reactions to a pair of insanely good-looking men this fabulous collection from some of Ireland's finest women authors celebrates the joys and perils of love, the adventure and constancy of female friendships, and their own irresistible brand of Irish charm.

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Irish Girls About Town
Maeve Binchy, Marion Keyes, Kathy Kelly

In stories that range from how an expat's home homecoming shakes things up for her family, who finds her life utterly scandalous to one woman whose relationship is so bleedin' perfect in every way that it's driving her friends up the wall to two women's madcap road trip through the states where they have completely opposite reactions to a pair of insanely good-looking men this fabulous collection from some of Ireland's finest women authors celebrates the joys and perils of love, the adventure and constancy of female friendships, and their own irresistible brand of Irish charm.

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The Land of Spices
by Kate O'Brien

Behind the high, closed walls of a convent in the Irish countryside, the lives of its inhabitants are gently marked by the daily rituals of spiritual life.

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The Land of Spices
Kate O'Brien

Behind the high, closed walls of a convent in the Irish countryside, the lives of its inhabitants are gently marked by the daily rituals of spiritual life.

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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories
by Claire Keegan

An unforgettable array of quietly wrenching stories about despair and desire in the timeless world of modern-day Ireland.

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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories
Claire Keegan

An unforgettable array of quietly wrenching stories about despair and desire in the timeless world of modern-day Ireland.

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