Small Things Like These By Claire Keegan

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Book/Novel Author: Claire Keegan

Book/Novel Title: Small Things Like These

 

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“A hypnotic and electrifying Irish tale that transcends country, transcends time.” —Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & LoversSmall Things Like These is award-winning author Claire Keegan’s landmark new novel, a tale of one man’s courage and a remarkable portrait of love and familyIt 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. Already an international bestseller, Small Things Like These is a deeply affecting story of hope, quiet heroism, and empathy from one of our most critically lauded and iconic writers.

A few pages of words, a great number of real truths explored. — a book which nourishes the soul! Read, Reflect, and Recharge!
This book provides a heavy story of near hopelessness in a dreary town, dreary marriage, dreary system ruled by the Catholic Church and drear town in a dreary state of poverty. Typical heavy problems, for this author, and dealing with uncaring people more interested in their image in the community than hearing the cries for help. This author follows the same thread of woe in all of her books. The first part of this very short book is distracting with a poor grasp of grammar and sentence structure. I had to at first read, then go back and read again to follow the point she was trying to make. Nevertheless, once I got going (slow as it was at first) there is something beguiling that draws the reader in and compels one to press on. The ending was very weak. Just left the reader hanging with lots of questions: Did the girl survive? Did the wife leave him for going against her wishes? Did the Catholic Church retaliate for him interfering? These questions and more are left dangling as though the book was never finished. And it was so very short, it could have used a few more chapters to tie up loose ends and still be called a short piece of fiction. This ending is just bizarre like ending a movie in the middle. I feel the author has a talent but that it needs to be developed. Right now it feels raw and in need of guidance, but the fundamental talent is there. By now I have to ask myself, “what kind of person labors over such gloomy, woeful ugly side of life without reprieve?” Reading is a wonderful pastime for me, but I want it to at least end with hope—-at least ONE story. Would it be so bad to write an interesting book with happy, inspiring moments in it? With this author’s talent, I would like to see her put out something with some spark of hope.

 

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