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Edna O'Brien strict Irish family hoped that pharmacy school would set her on the right path, but even getting the license didn't help. It was bad enough that she ignored their objections, married a writer, and ran off to London; it became unspeakably worse when her first scandalous novel was published, alarming the local parish priest sufficiently to require a public book burning. In this memoir, this contentedly fallen Sister of Mercy graduate reflects not only on restrictive childhood and adolescence, but also her encounters with Paul McCartney, Harold Pinter, Marlon Brando, Jackie Onassis, Jude Law, and many, many more. One great read.