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A small girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, without knowing when she will return home. In the strangers' house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to blossom in their care. And then a secret is revealed and suddenly, she realizes how fragile her idyll is. Winner of the Davy Byrnes Memorial Prize, Foster is now published in a revised and expanded version. Beautiful, sad and eerie, it is a story of astonishing emotional depth, showcasing Claire Keegan's great accomplishment and talent.
"Den slags små ting" er en tidløs og universel historie fra 1980’ernes Irland og en rørende fortælling om menneskelighed og mod.Bill Furlong og hans familie har travlt i dagene op til jul. Mens hans kone og fem døtre gør klar til familiens festmåltid, skal kulhandleren Bill ud med leverancer til hele byen. Midt i de praktiske gøremål begynder nogle af tilværelsens store spørgsmål at trænge sig på. Bills mor arbejdede som hushjælp, og selvom hun blev gravid som 15-årig, fik hun og Bill højst usædvanligt lov at blive i huset. I timerne op til jul tænker Bill ikke kun på, at han aldrig har fået at vide, hvem hans far var – han spekulerer også over, hvor lidt, der skulle til, før hans liv var blevet helt anderledes.Dagens sidste leverance er til byens kloster. Udover nonnerne, der har en magtfuld position i det lille katolske samfund, huser klosteret en række unge, ugifte piger, som er blevet gravide og derfor må skjules for omverdenen. Men da Bill ankommer, ser han noget, der hvirvler hans fortid op og sætter ham i et moralsk dilemma. Om forfatteren:Claire Keegan (f. 1968) er irsk forfatter. Hun har tidligere udgivet to novellesamlinger og vundet priser som The Olive Cook Award, The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature og The William Trevor Prize. Hendes noveller er oversat til 17 sprog. I 2022 udkommer Keegans kortroman Foster (2010) på dansk under titlen "Omsorg".
Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.
From the opening story about a married woman who takes a trip to the city with a single purpose in mind - to sleep with another man - Antarctica draws you into a world of obsession, betrayal and fragile relationships. In 'House Calls', Cordelia wakes on the last day ofthe twentieth century and sets off along the coast road to keep a date with her lover that has been nine years in the waiting. In 'The Singing Cashier', a local postman visits two sisters bearingfishy gifts in the hope that his favour will be returned in kind. One of the most moving and disturbing stories in the collection, 'Passport Soup', features Frank Corso, who sits alone eating green tomatoes and bacon, mourning the disappearance of his nine-year-old daughter: 'At one point in that late evening, she was there, and then she wasn't.' Keegan's characters inhabit a world where dreams, memory and chance can have crippling consequences for those involved. Compassionate, witty and unsettling, Antarctica is a collection to be savoured.
A long-haired woman moves into the priest's house and sets fire to his furniture. That Christmas, the electricity goes out. A forester mortgages his land and goes off to a seaside town looking for a wife. He finds a woman eating alone in the hotel. A farmer wakes half-naked and realises the money is almost gone. And in the title story, a priest waits on the altar for a bride and battles, all that wedding day, with his memories of a love affair. In her long-awaited second collection, Claire Keegan observes an Ireland wrestling with its past.
This prize-winning debut collection of 15 stories by the acclaimed Irish author are ';among the finest contemporary stories written recently in English' (The Observer). The compassionate, witty, and unsettling short stories collected here announced Claire Keegan as one of Ireland's most exciting and versatile new talents and earned comparison to the works of Joyce Carol Oates, Alison Lurie, Raymond Carver, and others. From the titular story about a married woman who takes a trip to the city with a single purpose in mindto sleep with another manAntarctica draws readers into a world of obsession, betrayal, and fragile relationships. In ';Love in the Tall Grass,' Cordelia wakes on the last day of the twentieth century and sets off along the coast road to keep a date, with her lover, that has been nine years in the waiting. In ';Passport Soup,' Frank Corso mourns the curious disappearance of his nine-year-old daughter and tries desperately to reach out to his shattered wife who has gone mad with grief. Throughout the collection, Keegan's characters inhabit a world where dreams, memory, and chance can have crippling consequences for those involved. A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001, and recipient of the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the William Trevor Prize, Antarctica is a rare and arresting debut. ';These stories are diamonds.' Emily Robichaud, Esquire ';A keen and unflinching observer, [Keegan] will appeal to fans of Roddy Doyle.' Publishers Weekly ';Readers should look forward to seeing her next book.' Booklist