November 2022 Indie Next List
“Claire Keegan has a way of telling a story where the space between words counts as much as the words themselves. Atmospheric and moving, one finishes her novels and sits in admiration of them. Easily as good as Small Things Like These.”
— Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA
I’m just in awe of this treasure of a novella, set in rural Ireland in the 80's. Clocking in at less than a hundred pages, it definitely has that "bigger on the inside" thing going on - every bit of it is perfectly crafted to break your heart.
With too many mouths to feed at home and yet another on the way, a young girl is sent to live with relatives in the countryside. Through her quiet, matter of fact voice, we learn that she knows too much about some things, and not nearly enough of others. It's about trust, bonds, hurts hidden or dragged into the light, and how tenderness or a lack of it shapes a life.
I'm on a mission to devour everything else by Claire Keegan.— From Our Favorite Books of 2022