Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Small Things Like These
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
44 posts | 30 read | 29 to read
An exquisite winter tale of courage - and its cost, set in Catholic Ireland. It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him - and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church. The long-awaited new work from the author of Foster, Small Things Like These is an unforgettable story of hope, quiet heroism and tenderness. '[Claire Keegan] creates luminous effects with spare material, so every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion.' Hilary Mantel
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
erzascarletbookgasm
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

So much is said in so few pages in this poignant and quiet story of courage. Set in 1980s Ireland where the Catholic Church plays an important and powerful role, the story tells of a hardworking coal merchant and his family in a small town just days before Christmas. His encounter with something disturbing in a local convent led him to dig into his conscience..asks himself some moral questions as he reflects on his present and past. From the ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …descriptions of snow to preparations for Christmas, the author‘s writing is evocative and concise. Lovely book, recommended.
1w
erzascarletbookgasm This story is based on the Magdalene Laundries run by the Roman Catholic Church, supported by the Irish government. This got me sucked into reading more about the Magdalene Laundries. 1w
EvieBee It‘s such a sad history, isn‘t it? I haven‘t been brave enough to read this one. 1w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1w
kspenmoll I want to read this; great review! 1w
55 likes5 comments
blurb
Ruthiella
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

A little late getting started for this #20in4 May Day readathon. I so wish the US had a national holiday o May 1, like so much of the rest of the world. 😢

I finished the Claire Keegan novella today. It‘s only 70 pages long-lovely but sad. I‘m only a quarter of the way through the other two books. Doubt I‘ll finish ‘em by Monday but hopefully will read 50-100 pages in each by Sunday.

Andrew65 Surprised this isn‘t a holiday in the US. 4w
ItsAnotherJen My MIL used to make my kids May Day baskets when they were little. She said it used to be a tradition back in her day. 4w
Ruthiella @Andrew65 We have Labor Day in September instead. May 1 has too many “communist” associations. Silly. 4w
See All 10 Comments
Ruthiella @ItsAnotherJen In elementary school we had a May pole a couple of years, which was fun. 4w
batsy I like that vintage cover of The Rich Are Different! Did you enjoy it? 4w
batsy Or are you enjoying it, rather 🙂 4w
Ruthiella @batsy I am enjoying it! 😀 It‘s a ‘70s family saga, not my usual fare but I loved Howatch‘s Starbridge series so much, I wanted to try her earlier work too. 4w
Andrew65 @Ruthiella That explains it. 4w
kspenmoll Say Nothing was fabulous! 3w
Ruthiella @kspenmoll Agree! I‘m pretty close to finishing it now. 3w
46 likes1 stack add10 comments
review
Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
Pickpick

Wonderful lovely story. Has impact in those short few pages!

jlhammar Claire Keegan is just amazing. Foster and Walk the Blue Fields are also pretty perfect. I still have Antarctica to look forward to. 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @jlhammar Looks like I have an amazing catalogue to dive into!! 1mo
24 likes2 comments
blurb
Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Cleaned off the patio! First read on the patio of the season!

review
thevagabondlawyer
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚊 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚐𝚎𝚖! 𝙰 𝚠𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚜, 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚍𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚞𝚙, 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚐𝚘 𝚊 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚊𝚢. 𝚂𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝙸𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍, SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE 𝚋𝚢 CLAIRE KEEGAN 𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚊 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚢𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝙸𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 👇

thevagabondlawyer 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍. 𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 is 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔. 𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚞𝚙𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝'𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚘𝚛 👇 2mo
thevagabondlawyer 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎. 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝙸 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝙲𝚑𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚖𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎. 𝚂𝚘 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚝, 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 110 𝚙𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝙸'𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚜. 🙂 2mo
35 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Nute
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

#MarvelousMarch Readathon
I couldn‘t pass up this readathon when I saw the field of daffodils in the invite post! The timing is good. We decided to celebrate St. Patrick‘s Day this weekend so there‘ll be lots of crockpot cooking which leaves loads of time for reading. Who knows what shenanigans I‘ll be up to later on, my brother is insisting that I try Irish Whiskey.☘️🥃😳

The book might seem like it was selected because of the green cover,👇🏽

Nute but it is actually set in a small town in Ireland. It‘s supposedly a story of empathy. That is all that I needed to know.

I‘m starting this March Readathon off in the right way.💚
2mo
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, and glad the daffodils captured your attention. 2mo
118 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
rachaich
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Very quick read today...
The overall message of doing good to all, to using your own agency to support others, really penetrates this little book.
Even more poignant given the current Ukraine situation 😢

blurb
rachaich
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Just dropped into my library app after a 6 week as it.
I hadn't realised what a short novella it is.

blurb
merelybookish
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Apparently snow storms are good for my reading stats! I finished 16 books in February! (Tagged novella didn't make the photo.) I think that might be a record! Highlights were:
Women of Brewster Place
Katalin Street
Joan is Okay
The Kiss

vivastory What a wonderful reading month! You might have seen this already, but just a heads up I noticed there's a review in New Yorker of 3mo
LeahBergen Great month! 👍 3mo
wanderinglynn 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 fantastic month! 3mo
See All 6 Comments
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks for the heads up! I will check it out. Its such a strange book to describe/review. 3mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @wanderinglynn Thanks! It's been so cold & snowy I have been reading more than usual! 3mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚😲 3mo
51 likes6 comments
blurb
CarolynM
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Thank you, Cathy. This looks looks terrific - and such a beautiful cover! I so appreciate your thoughtfulness, my friend😘

@Cathythoughts

squirrelbrain Such an impactful read, for a little book… I think you‘ll love it Carolyn! 3mo
LeahBergen This sounds so good! 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh good ! I hope you enjoy 😘 3mo
58 likes3 comments
review
Pinta
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Classic Christmas story of courage & giving freely, complete with cheer & snow & hearths & fruitcake but w/ a layer of crows & black cats & dread. Economic duress. 1985, small Irish town, coal seller Bill Furlong learns that girls at the convent are living in dire conditions. Depiction of Magdalene laundries, girls & women imprisoned & forced to work without pay. Narrative ends high—consequences? Orphanhood, complicity, charity, conviction. 2021

review
Kimbono
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

There‘s a lot to love in this tiny, beautiful book. Full of heart and great writing.

review
abookishbutterfly
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
Pickpick

Through quietly potent prose, the story illustrates prejudice, facades, selfishness, abuse, complicity, and sacrifice. I could not stop thinking about its beautiful ending after I‘d finished. I chose to go back to the beginning to experience the story again, which made me even more aware of the richness of every sentence.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4295735003

review
Addison_Reads
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Thoughtful little book full of hope. It's a good reminder of how small acts of kindness can make a big impact.

I love how some authors can say so much with so few pages. 💚

SRWCF Those are the best kinds of books. I felt the same way about 4mo
Tamra I especially like novellas. 👍🏾 4mo
56 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
squirrelbrain
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

I‘ve seen some weird categories on Amazon before, but surely this one takes the biscuit?! 🤷‍♀️

LeahBergen 🤣 4mo
TheBookHippie 🏆 4mo
BarbaraBB Haha! 4mo
See All 9 Comments
SRWCF 😅😅😅 4mo
DrexEdit lol! 😂 4mo
DivineDiana 😳 4mo
TrishB Ha ha ha - that one is brilliant! I‘m sure there‘s an intern somewhere having a laugh! 4mo
Megabooks 😂😂😂 4mo
Tamra What???!! 4mo
68 likes9 comments
blurb
Kdgordon88
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

I read a lot of fluff in December but this little volume was something more. I‘m always impressed when a short book can tell a story well. #12Booksof2021

squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 5mo
jlhammar Wonderful book! 5mo
Cinfhen Agreed, this packed a punch 🥊 5mo
Andrew65 Looks good. 5mo
54 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
Cinfhen
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

A slim but thoughtful read. Very evocative with powerful prose. A simple man feels called to action on Christmas Eve. Using for #Pop22 #OneSittingRead would also work for #FavoriteSeason if you prefer #Winter Thanks to @TrishB and @Kdgordon88 for putting this on my #ReadersRadar - it was also on Erik Karl Anderson‘s #BestOf2021 #Scribd 🎧

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
TrishB I don‘t think I‘d call it my best read 🤷‍♀️ but I like more meaty books. Like at least a couple of hundred pages!! 5mo
See All 9 Comments
Cinfhen It‘s a 3 star read for now but I might bump it up @TrishB @Megabooks I prefer these shorter but powerful reads as opposed to long drawn out meatier tomes 5mo
TrishB That‘s why there‘s books for all us I guess ❤️ 5mo
Cortg I like the big, meaty chunksters but enjoy shorter books in between! Nice job with the challenges! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m starting to really appreciate these slim but succinct books @Cortg they manage to pack a punch in a short amount of space 5mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 5mo
Cinfhen I think you‘ll appreciate this little gem @Cathythoughts it‘s a really quick read but it leaves a long impression 5mo
83 likes2 stack adds9 comments
quote
notreallyelaine
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan

“As they carried along and met more people Furlong did and did not know, he found himself asking was there any point in being alive without helping one another? Was it possible to carry on along through all the years, the decades, through an entire life, without once being brave enough to go against what was there and yet call yourself a Christian, and face yourself in the mirror?”

blurb
Kdgordon88
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

My first #BookReport of the year. I pulled both Winter and December off the DNF pile as I was between books and couldn‘t decide what to read. Small Things is 5 🌟 Finishing Winter didn‘t change my mind. The rest were ok.

Weekly Forecast: I was going to reduce the number of buddy reads in 2022 and I‘m currently involved with 6. I need help!

Cinfhen I MUST pick up a copy of this book - I‘m seeing it on loads of lists and Litten posts 5mo
Cinfhen Good luck with your buddy reads!!! That‘s an awful lot of commitment, but in a good way 😁 5mo
Cinfhen And so great that you returned to some of your previous DNF🙌🏻 5mo
44 likes3 comments
blurb
BookNAround
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Instead of working on the books I‘m already reading, I feel pulled to read this one.

Ruthiella @Tamra ‘s review from today made me really want to read this as well! 5mo
Tamra @Ruthiella it‘s a very quick read! Enjoy! 😃 It‘s a nice change of pace from the news of nasty people doing nasty things. For example Mall of America was locked down yesterday for a shooting and a friend had just left her son there - she rushed back in and all was fine, but still. Ugh. 5mo
62 likes2 comments
review
Tamra
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Excellent start to the reading year! I love novellas because they require such precision.

This is a moving story about making a difference in life, one individual at a time. I appreciated how she captured an unsettling, unidentifiable feeling and propelled the story/character along with it.

Based on descriptions of Keegan‘s writing, I took a chance before reading this one and ordered 3 of her other books! 🤞🏾

69 likes1 stack add
quote
Tamra
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Hahaha 😆

Cathythoughts 👍😆 I‘m looking forward to this one 5mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it‘s a novella, my favorite! 💜 I hope you like it too! 5mo
49 likes2 comments
blurb
Tamra
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Hoping to just sit here for a hot minute!

kspenmoll I hope your hot minute stretches!!!! 5mo
60 likes1 comment
review
Brimful
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

A perfect Christmas read! A moving tale of compassion and generosity against the social grain. The protagonist‘s character and motivations are economically and deftly sketched. It is a secular moral fable emphasising individual action against established regimes. Loved it

8 likes1 stack add
blurb
Brimful
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan

Ordered before Christmas but just arrived. As my wonderful daughter in law is cooking supper and the grandchildren have left time to sneak away for what promises to be a wonderful read!

review
rmaclean4
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
Pickpick

Short Novella that I read in one sitting. The writing flows and is easy to read. Some beautiful images in a dark story. Makes me want to read her other novels. 4 🌟

review
TrishB
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

I‘m definitely done with the small introspective novels (short stories!) for the afternoon.
Bill is a good man, who‘s thoughts and actions speak for themselves.

squirrelbrain I just read this one too, before Xmas. There are so many novellas around at the moment. 5mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Sounds good and oh that cover 😍 5mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB it was a lovely little read, with lots of feelings underneath. I just feel the need for a meaty blockbuster now! 5mo
See All 7 Comments
Cathythoughts I wonder what your meaty blockbuster will be 😁 5mo
Caroline2 I enjoyed this one but I defo wanted more. 5mo
TrishB @Caroline2 I felt like the end was sort of a beginning 🤷‍♀️ like, ok what now? 5mo
Caroline2 Agreed!!! 5mo
99 likes7 comments
blurb
Kdgordon88
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

#BookReport #WeeklyForecast #MashUp My last one of 2021.

All except Christmas by the book are rereads…turning into a holiday tradition. I think Christmas Carol Murder will join The Bear back on the shelf. I received so many great books as gifts I am ready to dive in to them plus catch-up on our #ObamaBuddyRead.

Thanks, Cindy, for continuing this weekly check-in!

tracey38 I just finished Christmas by the Books this afternoon and loved it. 5mo
Cinfhen I know what you mean about books you want to dive into!!! I can‘t wait 😜 SO MANY I‘m excited for!!! 5mo
42 likes2 comments
review
Chelsea.Poole
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

A life-affirming audiobook, it‘s short and takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas so it checks off both of those important boxes for a holiday read! I don‘t want to give anything away about the story, as it‘s short and easy to do. I will say it hit at the perfect time in my life as I have been contemplating how I can live with purpose and create a lasting positive impact in even a small way like Bill does, though not without cost.

81 likes1 stack add
blurb
Cathythoughts
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Some Christmas books I received & there on the right is my first ever iPad . I have Litsy on the big screen now .. it‘s like being to the cinema 🎄❤️ I can see you & all your posts so much better.
Happy Christmas Litsy friends. I appreciate your friendship, your kindness, your book love … and all the fun we have & your great reviews & recommendations.. Thankyou X Cathy

Butterfinger Merry Christmas!! 5mo
merelybookish Merry Christmas to you Cathy!! 5mo
BarbaraBB Merry Christmas 🎄 💚 5mo
See All 34 Comments
Oryx Merry Christmas 🎄 5mo
mabell Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁 And your champagne looks fabulous! 🍾 5mo
kspenmoll Merry Christmas!!! Enjoy your day! 5mo
youneverarrived Lovely gifts ♥️ hope you‘re having a great day! 5mo
Cathythoughts @mabell Thankyou, Ya , looking forward to the champagne 🥂 5mo
Cathythoughts @kspenmoll Thanks 😘🎄 5mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived Thanks Katie❤️🎄 5mo
TrishB Happy Christmas Cathy, love to you and yours ♥️🎄 5mo
TheLudicReader My kids gave me an iPad a couple years ago. It‘s a game changer. Enjoy. Merry Christmas. 5mo
batsy Oh, what lovely gifts! 😍 Merry Christmas, Cathy, and I hope you're having a spendid day 🎄❤️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! Merry Christmas 🎄 💚❤️ 5mo
Reggie Merry Christmas! It all looks wonderful! 5mo
Liz_M Merry Christmas 🕯️🌲🕯️ 5mo
Cathythoughts @TheLudicReader Happy Christmas to you too. I can see already it‘s going to be #agamechanger ❤️🎄😘 5mo
Cathythoughts @batsy 😘🎄 5mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie 😘🎄 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Marvellous! Merry Christmas! 🎄❤️ 5mo
MaureenMc Merry Christmas! 🎄💝🫖 5mo
Centique Merry Christmas Cathy! 5mo
Cathythoughts @Centique And to you , Paula 🎄 (edited) 5mo
Megabooks Merry Christmas Cathy!! 💚🎄 5mo
CarolynM Litsy in the iPad is definitely better! Enjoy that champagne🍾🥂💕 5mo
Cathythoughts @Megabooks Meg😘 (edited) 5mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM I‘m loving Litsy on the iPad ! The champagne 🥂😍 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Merry Christmas and congratulations on the iPad! Litsy on the big screen must be a treat 😊 5mo
Nute Merry Christmas, Cathy!💚🌟♥️ I‘m so excited and happy about you getting an iPad. How cool it it is going to be to see Litsy in a cinematographic kind of way!🤗 5mo
Cathythoughts @Chelsea.Poole Happy holidays! Litsy is great on the big screen 👍😁 5mo
Cathythoughts @Nute Thankyou my friend! Happy holidays ❤️📚😘 5mo
74 likes34 comments
blurb
shawnmooney
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

https://youtu.be/Tev6ppqZCt8

This will be the last episode until January 6th: Happy Holidays, everybody!

A playlist of all episodes in the Bite-sized Book Chat series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf

Chat #1: with Mikiko from…well, it‘s complicated

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

The Forester's Daughter: Faber Stories - Claire Keegan

shawnmooney Chat #2: with Henk from The Netherworld

Manifesto: On Never Giving Up by Bernardine Evaristo

Chat #3: with Sarah-Hope from near Santa Cruz, California

The Wrong End of the Telescope by Rabih Alameddine

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Chat #4: with Melanie from Barcelona

@pageturner.cliffhanger on Instagram

Madgermanes by Birgit Weyhe, Katy Derbyshire (Translator)

5mo
24 likes1 comment
review
squirrelbrain
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Set at Christmas time, but definitely not Christmassy, this is a sad little book. (Only 75 pages long)

It follows a few days in the life of Bill Furlong, a coal merchant who has much on his mind, under the looming shadow of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

You‘re right @Caroline2 - this one stays with you.

andrew61 I was just listening to her talk about this on the radio 4 book programme. I haven't read her before, sounds great. 5mo
Tamra I just ordered 3 of Keegan‘s books! 5mo
Caroline2 I can‘t stop thinking about it and I‘ve been Googling books about the Magdalene Laundries! There aren‘t that many, that I could find?? 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘m sure I‘ve read a fiction one before @Caroline2 but cannot remember what it was called! 5mo
61 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
Caroline2
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

I don‘t normally like these small, quiet novels but this is superb. Set in a small Irish town in the 1980s in the days leading up to Christmas with the Magdalen Laundries just up the road…. This book has haunted me.

ShelleyBooksie Thank you for sharing - this sounds great. 5mo
squirrelbrain This just arrived for me on Libby and I‘ve just put it on my weekly forecast! 5mo
Tamra I‘m anxious to read this one! 5mo
Kdgordon88 My brother just brought me a copy this week and will definitely be reading it this week. 5mo
89 likes4 stack adds4 comments
review
jlhammar
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

A little gem. Loved it.

DrexEdit 100% agree! 😊 5mo
21 likes1 comment
review
underground_bks
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Quiet as snow fall and as exquisite and crystalline in its telling, this slim novella offers a Christmas-set tale of empathy and moral courage through the story of a coal merchant and family man in 1980s small town Ireland who faces a grave discovery while delivering coal to the local convent. This was a lovely, secular and not-saccharine-in-the-slightest listen, perfect for the season.

DrexEdit I‘m a little in awe of Claire Keegan and her writing! 5mo
underground_bks @DrexEdit this is my first book from her and I was blown away! 5mo
27 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Mitch
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Oh my goodness - so much to discover - so many cool filters for lists- sooo many good books 📚

JamieArc My favorite list of the year! 6mo
Mitch @JamieArc me too! 6mo
61 likes2 comments
review
Mitch
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

A novelette which is sparse and plainly written - which creates such an evocative and precise moment in time and place. Every word on the page is important, but seems effortless. The characters and streets we met here, in 1985 Ireland, will stay with me for a long time - I don't know how Keegan did it in such few words!

wanderinglynn To write concisely is a talent. 6mo
Mitch @wanderinglynn And she does it so it appears effortless! ow is your writing going this month? On track and happy? 6mo
TrishB I‘ve put this one on my Christmas list 😁 6mo
See All 6 Comments
Mitch @TrishB 👍🏼 6mo
wanderinglynn I‘m ahead of schedule and quite happy. It will take quite a bit of editing but I‘m just focused on getting the words on the page right now. Thanks for asking! ☺️ 6mo
Mitch @wanderinglynn you‘ve got this 🥳 6mo
60 likes2 stack adds6 comments
review
Well-ReadNeck
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Found this #audiobook enchanting. Taking place in the lead up to Christmas, this would be a lovely book for holiday gifting. #ARC #Netgalley

54 likes2 stack adds
review
everlocalwest
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

I read this winter novella while baking in the post hurricane heat with no electricity, lying in a cool bath to chill out. It would dishonest to say that my enjoyment of the novel wasn't somewhat affected by my desire to experience the freezing cold of this Irish village at Christmas. But this quiet tale of ordinary kindness was a lovely one to immerse myself in, even if I did pick it up for the descriptions of the cold.

26 likes1 stack add
review
DrexEdit
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Thank you to GroveAtlantic for this opportunity to review the #ARC. #Edelweiss #Netgalley

Small Things Like These is set in Ireland in the mid-1980s recession as we follow Bill Furlong through several days approaching Christmas. As the holiday season approaches, Bill reflects on his life, both present and past. Bill's life is pretty ordinary, except when you look closely and really notice things; it's the small things that matter.

DrexEdit The book is dedicated to the women and children who suffered in Ireland's Magdalen laundries. The subject matter makes this a difficult Christmas story to read, but it is ultimately a heartwarming and hopeful story. Because you can change someone's life for the better. It only takes a small thing. 9mo
44 likes1 stack add1 comment
quote
DrexEdit
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

“In October there were yellow trees. Then the clocks went back the hour and the long November winds came in and blew, and stripped the trees bare. In the town of New Ross, chimneys threw out smoke which fell away and drifted off in hairy, drawn-out strings before dispersing along the quays, and soon the river, dark as stout, swelled up with rain.“

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

DrexEdit I know it's more than one line, but I kind of fell in ❤ with this opening paragraph. 😍 10mo
28 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
DrexEdit
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Having just finished Claire Keegan's novella Foster, I simply must read this next book of hers! I can't imagine it's anything but perfect! I'm trying to get accepted as a reviewer on NetGalley, but I don't blog book reviews. Does anybody have any hints or tricks for getting positive attention on NetGalley? I would love to help get the word out about this fabulous writer!

arkei Reviews on Goodreads or LibraryThing count as your book review blog, I think. And if you have other social media accounts, use them. 11mo
DrexEdit @arkei thank you! I had connected my Goodreads but hadn't considered library thing. I'll have to look and see if I can use my Twitter account also. I'm not out there very much and it's not all book related. 11mo
25 likes2 comments
review
REPollock
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image
Pickpick

Wow, this novella really is a slow burn. So poignant and I‘m left with so much to think about.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

25 likes1 stack add
blurb
REPollock
Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
post image

Next #netgalley ARC!

18 likes1 stack add