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Edna O'Brien's most personal and most powerful novel in print from Plume for the first time.

In a poignant, heart-felt exploration of one woman's struggle to be true to herself yet hold on to the things dearest to her, award-winning author Edna O'Brien tracks the life of Nell Steadman, an innocent "country girl" desperate to gain experience in whatever manner possible. ...
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Overview

Edna O'Brien's most personal and most powerful novel in print from Plume for the first time.

In a poignant, heart-felt exploration of one woman's struggle to be true to herself yet hold on to the things dearest to her, award-winning author Edna O'Brien tracks the life of Nell Steadman, an innocent "country girl" desperate to gain experience in whatever manner possible. Escaping from her overbearing family into an equally stifling marriage, Nell must fight for her freedom and custody of her children.

Passionate, raw, and gorgeously written, Time and Tide is a profound exploration of the primal undertow of motherhood.

"Brilliantly expressed...O'Brien is one of the great writers of stories in the English-speaking world." --The New York Times Book Review

"Time and Tide is O'Brien's harshest yet most beautiful work. O'Brien brings together the earthly and the delicately poetic: she has the soul of Molly Bloom and the skills of Virginia Woolf." --Newsweek

"Adjectives for Edna O'Brien's fiction inevitably include rich, raw, bleak, and relentless. As always in Ms. O'Brien's work, there is wonderful writing about passion." --The Wall Street Journal

"Sharp, perfectly observed, true." --The Boston Globe

O'Brien's lyrical yet intense style and her genius for probing the truth of the inner life have won her acclaim throughout the world. Now, she explores the ties that bind mothers and children in this classic modern drama. "Another virtuoso performance."--People magazine.

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O'Brien's current fame rests largely on short stories in the New Yorker vein. But it was novels like The Country Girls ( LJ 2/15/60) and Girls in Their Married Bliss ( LJ 1/15/68) that launched her highly publicized career in the 1960s, and the loyal readership of her longer works will not be disappointed by her latest. Once naive adolescents preyed upon by society, O'Brien's characters are now battle-weary women preyed upon by society. Time and Tide ups the stakes by sending its protagonist to hell: separation from marriage and children precipitate her descent into a surreal underworld of therapy, drugs, and sexual assault. The power of the novel lies less in its hallucinatory effects than in its sustained evocation of alienation. It used to be said that O'Brien's fiction was a manual in survival tactics, but Time and Tide is not so helpful. Its expression of personal isolation and defeat registers in prose of new intensity and vigor.-- John P. Harrington, Cooper Union, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446395106
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Jackie O read this book!!!

    I was reading in "reading Jackie her autobiography in books" Page 17
    a paraphrase from the book:
    "Later in life she became good friends with the
    Irish writer Edna O¿Brien. When O¿Brien¿s novel Time and Tide came
    out in 1992, Jackie told her why she couldn¿t put the book down: ¿You
    have the power to move more than anyone I know.¿ The power to move
    was the magic Jackie found in her favorite writers and books."

    Isn't that amazing? I can't wait to read this book now!!

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Jackie O loved this book.

    I was reading in "reading Jackie her autobiography in books" Page 17
    a paraphrase from the book:
    "Later in life she became good friends with the
    Irish writer Edna O¿Brien. When O¿Brien¿s novel Time and Tide came
    out in 1992, Jackie told her why she couldn¿t put the book down: ¿You
    have the power to move more than anyone I know.¿ The power to move
    was the magic Jackie found in her favorite writers and books."

    Isn't that amazing? I can't wait to read this book now!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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