Just 95 pages……. Keegan’s short stories are now being published as stand-alone books. Her work is a staple on school curriculums. She can tell a story in a paragraph. What she notices is honed to such precision. Her 2021 novella , Small Things Like These at 114 pages is shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Treat yourself.
A story of astonishing emotional depth, Foster showcases Claire Keegan’s great talent and secures her reputation as one of our most important storytellers. (Amazon)
“As good as Chekhov.” — David Mitchell
“An immensely powerful snapshot novel…this work mines the recesses of human fragility with a compassionate and deft pen, its combination of simple language and sweeping empathy landing with the force of a saga…a rich, compassionate work.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“Pristine… Both concise and gut-wrenching. [Keegan’s] superficially simple prose persuasively conveys a child’s sometimes-innocent but always careful and insightful observations of the world…A heartbreaking but deeply humane story about parents and children.” — Kirkus, starred review