Small Things Like These (Paperback)Claire Keegan (author)
Set in a small Irish town and following a coal and timber merchant confronted by the past, this magnetic tale of determination and quiet heroism from the author of Foster is as hopeful as it is haunting.
Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for November 2022
Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022
Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022
Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2022
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.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm
'A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.' - Sinead Gleeson
'A moral tale that is unsentimental and deeply affecting, because true and right.' - David Hayden
'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
'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
'Marvellous-exact and icy and loving all at once.' - Sarah Moss
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