Small Things Like These (Hardcover)

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When it comes to difficult choices there's the right thing or the easy thing. These moments of decision that take a person's measure make for compelling fiction. One such is this small novella-without a single wasted word it is so perfectly written it could function as master class on character building and plotting. Would make a great gift for writer friends!

— From Sam's Picks

"We Belong to Each Other" is a regular mantra for one of my friends, and it perfectly gets at what Keegan's stirring novella is all about. Set in a small Irish town in 1985, this story explores complicity and asks who we really are when faced with a chance to help others.

— From Beth's Picks

Small Things Like These is a quick, 100 page read, but it is packed with meaning. Keegan doesn't reveal much in the story, but you will leave the novel feeling like you have a full understanding of the main character Furlong. In a word, this novel was atmospheric. The Irish village where the novel is set feels real. It is quaint, yet complicated. 

I finished this book in two sittings, which to me, is the true sign of a good book. Although it is not riddled with cliff hangers and plot twists, I had the urge to keep reading. I had to know what happened to that small village in Ireland. I had to know what happened to Furlong. 

— From Caroline's Picks

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.

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