By Edna O'Brien
Eschewing her stale lifestyles in London, one girl embarks on a trip of independence and sexual liberation at the French Riviera
Separated from her husband, and together with her younger son away on a tenting journey, Ellen comes to a decision to escape her lonely London domestic, naively pursuing “a jaunt into iniquity” alongside France’s Mediterranean coast. yet will she locate the get away she longs for, or the entrapment she so deeply fears?
In August Is a depraved Month, Edna O’Brien’s lyric, languid prose creates a personality instantaneously traditional and mythic, suffering to forge her personal course no longer as a spouse, mom, mistress, or lover—but as easily, usually herself.
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