Edna O'Brien is an Irish novelist, biographer, and short story writer. She is best known for her Country Girls trilogy and for Lantern Slides.
"Cities, in many ways, are the best repositories for a love affair. You are in a forest or a cornfield, you are walking by the seashore, footprint after footprint of trodden sand, and somehow the kiss or the spoken covenant gets lost in the vastness and indifference of nature. In a city there are places to remind us of what has been."