Claire’s short novel, Small Things like These, has just been published by Faber&Faber!
The Irish Times has chosen this new tale as one of the novels to look out for in 2021.
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.
An exquisite winter tale of courage — and its cost, set in Catholic Ireland.
‘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 (Winner of the Booker Prize 2009 and 2012)
‘This is a tale of courage and compassion, of good sons and vulnerable young mothers. Absolutely beautiful.’ Douglas Stuart (Winner of the Booker Prize 2020)
‘Marvellous—exact and icy and loving all at once.’ Sarah Moss
‘A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.’ Sinéad Gleeson
‘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
Claire Keegan was brought up on a farm in Ireland. Her stories have won numerous awards and are translated into more than 20 languages. Foster was named by The Times as one of the top 50 novels to be published in the 21st Century. Keegan is now holding the Briena Staunton Fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge.