Title: Small Things Like These
Author: Claire Keegan
Rating: 4 out of 5
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.
This was a very short read–I think I finished it in about an hour. Stellar, evocative writing, but I found it very bleak and quite slow. Probably just not a good fit for me, despite how vivid and detailed it was.
Claire Keegan is an award-winning author. Small Things Like These is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of Grove Atlantic in exchange for an honest review.)