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Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan - between happiness and ruin

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

In this tender novel by the renowned short-story writer, a father confronts the truth of one of Ireland's infamous Magdalene laundries In all Claire Keegan's stories, there is a family. The protagonist changes - the father, the mother, a son or daughter. But this figure never stands very far out in front. Instead, the narrative gains its emotional resonance from the dynamics between characters. Within these families there is cruelty and violence, as well as deep springs of affection. There is much left unspoken. “You have nothing to say to your mother. If you started, you would say the...
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