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A classic title in Edna O'Brien's Country Girls Trilogy - the third volume.
Cait and Baba are in London, playing out the tragicomedy of their married lives to its surprisingly level-headed conclusion.
Cait, feeling trapped in her grey stone house with her increasingly cold husband, tearfully looks for her dreams of romance elsewhere and when Eugene takes terrible, implacable revenge, she naturally turns to her brazen friend Baba for help.
But Baba, the bored trophy wife of builder Frank, vulgarly flashing his wealth and ignorance to the world, has her own problems without Cait drooping self-pityingly over her. And both women find unsuspected qualities in themselves as they learn to face reality.
Since her debut novel The Country Girls Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction along with a biography of James Joyce and Lord Byron. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal. Born and raised in the west of Ireland she has lived in London for many years.