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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
A short, masterful novel . . . Detailed, insightful and written with striking economy of language . . . a timely and powerful book.
A sublime, emotive story, the kind you emerge from as if having been away for a very long time: unsure, at first, how to continue with your own life.
Outstanding . . . Written with barely a word out of place, Keegan’s exquisite novel brims with fury at the Irish towns whose silence effectively sanctioned for decades untold abuses at the heart of their communities. *****
A feat of compression, concerned with the nature of goodness and the texture of everyday life . . . [A] snowglobe of a story that fits a whole bustling, striving, yearning world into 114 finely wrought pages.
Breathtaking . . . [a] stunning new work . . . gripping and subtly emotionally charged from start to finish.
Keegan’s novella is perfectly titled: all its power lies in its understatement; all its heft in its apparent weightlessness . . . Keegan is the goddess of small things. Her ability to conjure whole worlds from a few words; an entire relationship from a handful of exchanges, is little short of miraculous . . . Small Things Like These assures us we are all capable of doing the right thing, and that goodness, like misery, can be handed on from man to man. It is a literary state of grace.
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