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A real gem by a great writer,
This review is from: Foster (Hardcover)Claire Keegan made her mark as a writer of note in 1999 with her short story collection "Antarctica". She followed this up in 2007 with her second sublime collection - "Walk the Blue Fields".
With her book "Foster" Claire Keegan has continued the great tradition of Irish writing - she has stated her admiration for the great Irish writers John McGahern and William Trevor on more than one occasion. "Foster" was first published as a short story in "Davy Byrnes Short Stories" having won the prestigious Davy Byrnes Award in Ireland for an outstanding short story in 2009 . Faber and Faber have decided to publish "Foster" in an expanded novella format and it is, in my opinion, fully justified and a resounding success.
The story is centred on the life of a young girl in 1980s rural Ireland. It hinges around her experiences when she spends a summer holiday with an aunt and uncle. She experiences a happy, untroubled life during this holiday. This experience awakes in her an appreciation of the difficulties she had previously considered a normal feature of family life. A watershed and defining time in a young girl's life. Claire Keegan delivers her story in many layers. It is subtle and at the same time very profound.
I can highly recommend "Foster" - it is a short read but one that is extremely profound and moving. It is a real gem. Claire Keegan is one of the finest Irish writers of this generation. Not alone do I recommend "Foster" but also the two previous short story collections which I mentioned earlier.