Small Things Like These (Hardcover)

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"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 1)

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


"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.

Already 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 was raised on a farm in Ireland. Her stories have won numerous awards and are translated into more than twenty languages. Antarctica won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and was chosen as a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize for the finest collection of stories published in the British Isles. Foster, after winning the Davy Byrnes Award--then the world's richest prize for a story--was recently selected by The Times UK as one of the top 50 novels to be published in the 21st century. Her stories have been published in the New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, and Best American Stories. Keegan is now holding the Briena Staunton Fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802158741
ISBN-10: 0802158749
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: November 30th, 2021
Pages: 128
Language: English