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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