Small Things Like These


Author: Claire Keegan

9780571368709 | PB | pp. 128 | 2022 | Faber and Faber

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan is a work of fiction based on the infamous Magdalene laundries in Ireland, the last of which was closed as late as 1996.

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Small Things Like These is a tender novel which confronts the truth of one of Ireland’s infamous Magdalene laundries.

The books is set in 1985. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, a coal and timber merchant is busy doing his rounds. Along the way he meets people. A lot is left unsaid. This work of fiction brings to light the violence in relationship to family which occurred during that period and the Church’s involvement.

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About the Author

The author was born in Wexford in 1968. Her story collections are Antarctica (London, Faber and Faber, 1999/New York, Grove/Atlantic, 1999); Walk the Blue Fields (Faber and Faber, 2007/ Grove Press, Black Cat, 2008); and the single story Foster (Faber and Faber, 2010).

Her awards include The Francis MacManus Award; The William Trevor Prize; the Olive Cook Award; the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year; the Rooney Prize for Literature, and Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award 2009, judged by Richard Ford. A member of Aosdána, she lives in Co. Wexford.


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