Small Things Like These
An exquisite winter tale of courage — and its cost, set in Catholic Ireland.
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THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FOSTER, ANTARCTICA AND WALK THE BLUE FIELDS
‘A single one of Keegan’s grounded, powerful sentences can contain volumes of social history. Every word is the right word in the right place, and the effect is resonant and deeply moving.’ Hilary Mantel
‘This is a tale of courage and compassion, of good sons and vulnerable young mothers. Absolutely beautiful.’ Douglas Stuart
‘Marvellous—exact and icy and loving all at once.’ Sarah Moss
‘A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.’ Sinéad Gleeson
It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him — and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church.
The long-awaited new work from the author of Foster, Small Things Like These is an unforgettable story of hope, quiet heroism and tenderness.
‘Astonishing… Claire Keegan makes her moments real – and then she makes them matter.’ Colm Tóibín
‘A true gift of a book… a sublime Chekhovian shock.’ Andrew O’Hagan
‘A moral tale that is unsentimental and deeply affecting, because true and right.’ David Hayden
No better feeling than reading a book that makes you excited to discover everything its author has ever written... This is a tale of courage and compassion, of good sons and vulnerable young mothers. Absolutely beautiful.
Powerful and affecting and very timely. Small Things Like These is not just about Ireland, it’s about the world, and it asks profound questions about complicity, about the hope and difficulty of change, and the complex nature of restitution… A single one of Keegan’s grounded, powerful sentences can contain volumes of social history. Every word is the right word in the right place, and the effect is resonant and deeply moving.
In Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan creates scenes with astonishing clarity and lucidity. This is the story of what happened in Ireland, told with sympathy and emotional accuracy. From winter skies to the tiniest tick of speech to the baking of a Christmas cake, Claire Keegan makes her moments real—and then she makes them matter.
Marvellous—exact and icy and loving all at once.
With stunning economy, Keegan tells a powerful story of Ireland's unresolved past, in gorgeous, exacting prose. A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.
Small Things Like These goes straight to the heart — it is both precise and beautiful. A true gift of a book, controlled yet abundant in small wonders. It’s a novel about complicity, the things we decide not to see, and reading it brings a sublime Chekhovian shock.
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