"What Claire Keegan manages to evoke in so few pages is a kind of miracle to me. Every word matters, nothing out of place, and at the end there were tears standing in my eyes. The final scene in particular stirred huge emotions, but so quietly, soft as snowfall. I love this novel and will read it again, likely every wintertime forever. An instant classic." —Brandon — From Brandon's Picks
A remarkable novel. Keegan takes you on a journey with an unassuming Irish coal merchant, father of five daughters and son of an unwed mother. The writing is quiet, sparse and powerful. It asks questions about complicity and the opportunity to do the right thing once you know that there might be something bad happening in your community. You become friends with the hero and cheer him on. A great holiday message for this season of giving. — From Gayle's Picks (page 2)
December 2021 Indie Next List
“Claire Keegan works magic in this small novel about a truly good man in 1985 Ireland, and the difficult decision he faces at Christmastime. Keegan captures the extraordinary courage required to live an ordinary life with honor.”
— John Lynn, The Kennett Bookhouse, Kennett Square, PA
Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize
"A hypnotic and electrifying Irish tale that transcends country, transcends time." --Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers
Small Things Like These is award-winning author Claire Keegan's landmark new novel, a tale of one man's courage and a remarkable portrait of love and family
It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which forces him to confront both his past and the complicit silences of a town controlled by the church.
An international bestseller, Small Things Like These is a deeply affecting story of hope, quiet heroism, and empathy from one of our most critically lauded and iconic writers.
About the Author
Claire Keegan's works of fiction are internationally acclaimed and have been translated into thirty languages. Antarctica won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize for the finest collection of stories published in the British Isles. Foster won the Davy Byrnes Award -- the world's richest prize for a short story. Small Things Like These was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize. It won the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and The Kerry Prize for Irish Novel of the Year. She was awarded Woman of the Year for Literature in Ireland, 2022, and Author of the Year, 2023.