Foster by Claire Keegan


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The inspiration for Oscar-nominated film, ‘The Quiet Girl’

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A heartbreaking, haunting story of childhood, loss and love by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers.

‘A real jewel.’ Irish Independent‘A small miracle.’ Sunday Times
‘A thing of finely honed beauty.’ Guardian
‘Thrilling.’ Richard Ford
‘As good as Chekhov.’ David Mitchell

From the author of the Booker-shortlisted Small Things Like These

It is a hot summer in rural Ireland. A girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm, not knowing when she will return home. In the strangers’ house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to blossom in their care. But in a house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers how fragile her idyll is.

Foster confirms Claire Keegan’s talent. She creates luminous effects with spare material, so every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion’ – Hilary Mantel

About the Author

Claire Keegan was born in 1968. Her first collection of short stories, Antarctica, received the Rooney Prize for Literature, and announced her as an exceptionally gifted and versatile writer of contemporary fiction. Her second short story collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to enormous critical acclaim in 2007 and won her the 2008 Edge Hill Prize for Short Stories. Claire Keegan lives in County Louth, Ireland.

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Weight 0.15 kg
Dimensions 13 × 11.5 × 1 cm
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