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Claire Keegan

Autor(a) de Small Things Like These

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About the Author

Claire Keegan comes from County Wicklow. She has won several awards for her work including the William Trevor Prize, the Martin Healy Prize, the Francis MacManus Award, the Tom Gallon Award, the Kilkenny Prize, the Olive Cook Award, the Hugh Leonard Bursary, the Macaulay Fellowship, and the Rooney mostrar mais Prize for Irish Literature. She was also a Wingate scholar. Her debut, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. She lives in rural Ireland mostrar menos
Image credit: Ian Oliver, July 1, 2007

Obras por Claire Keegan

Associated Works

Birthday Stories (2002) — Contribuidor — 456 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 351 exemplares
Granta 95: Loved Ones (2006) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares


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Data de nascimento
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Local de nascimento
County Wicklow, Ireland
Locais de residência
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Loyola University
University of Wales
Trinity College, Dublin (MPhil)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Siegfried Lenz Preis (2024)



Claire Keegan is a master of short-form storytelling, each of her novellas saying so much in so few words. And yet, this short story collection was disappointing. First, the stories themselves failed to deliver the punch I’ve come to expect from Keegan’s work. Second, the book contains only three stories, for a total of 119 pages made possible by a large font and wide margins. On top of that, two of the stories were published in earlier books. The edition published in Britain and Europe is even shorter, as it includes only the new story. Both publishing strategies are misguided attempts to capitalize on a writer’s recent popularity. It’s a shame.… (mais)
lauralkeet | 17 outras críticas | May 8, 2024 |
A treasure of a book which left me awed not unlike when I finished A Month in the Country. A family man and father makes a moral choice whether or not to do the right thing of an Irish Christmas Eve. The writing is exquisite salted with Irish adages and truths.
featherbooks | 132 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
It may be ungenerous to describe this short story collection—three brief stories total, two of them reprints, typeset with generous margins—as a cash grab capitalising on Claire Keegan's recent burst of popularity, but let us just say that I'm glad I borrowed this from the library rather than paying for it.

I've enjoyed Keegan's clean prose and deft portraits in the past, but here only the first of the three stories—a study of weaponised incompetence and oblivious self-centredness—came close to working for me. Even that lacked the hint of acid it needed, though. The others fell flat, showing how thin the line can be between "spare" and "simplistic". Should a collection that was apparently almost called Misogyny feel so muted?… (mais)
siriaeve | 17 outras críticas | May 5, 2024 |
Claire Keegan’s tightly constructed short stories never cease to enthrall me. This collection poses no exception. Each story takes its own life. They do not take long to read, but oh, they take long to ponder! A couple of these stories are in other collections, but each one provided a treat at the end of a workday.

My favorite in this anthology is the last story: “Night of the Quicken Trees.” It tells of two misanthropes who live next door to each other in Clare, Ireland. Each have their respective inner demons, but they uncork a strange form love with each other. They even reconcile themselves, in a small way, with their social world of their nearby town. Will their bliss last, or will their paranoia win out in the end? As always in Keegan’s writing, the narrative only resolves on the last page. Only the last paragraph brings every detail of the short story into harmony, and the characters become all too human.… (mais)
scottjpearson | 13 outras críticas | May 3, 2024 |



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