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THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FOSTER, ANTARCTICA AND WALK THE BLUE FIELDS
'This is a tale of courage and compassion, of good sons and vulnerable young mothers. Absolutely beautiful.'
-Douglas Stuart (Winner of the Booker Prize 2020)
'Marvellous-exact and icy and loving all at once.' -Sarah Moss
'A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.' -Sinéad Gleeson
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.'