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ABOUT THE BOOK
A poignant, deeply affecting story of hope, quiet heroism, and empathy set in Ireland by an award-winning writer.
It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which forces him to confront his past, his relationship with women in general, and the complicit silences of a town controlled by the Church.
“One immediately senses that Keegan is breathing something vital into the season’s most cherished tales, until, as gently as snow falling, her little book accrues the unmistakable aura of a classic… From the elements of this simple existence in an inconsequential town, Keegan has carved out a profoundly moving and universal story… 'Small Things Like These' reminds us that the real miracle in any season is courage. Get two copies: one to keep, one to give.”—Washington Post
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Keegan was born in County Wicklow, the youngest of a large family. She travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana when she was seventeen, and studied English and Political Science at Loyola University. She returned to Ireland in 1992 and lived for a year in Cardiff, Wales, where she undertook an MA in creative writing and taught undergraduates at the University of Wales. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review and Best American Stories. The winner of numerous awards, Keegan is also included in a permanent exhibition at the new Museum of Literature, Ireland, which opened in 2019. She lives in Ireland.