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Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan

3 reviews

serendipitysbooks's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75


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challenging reflective medium-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Irish master of short stories Claire Keegan delivers a pocket-sized novel in a richly drawn village of secrets and the status quo.  It’s 1985 and Christmas is nearing.  Bill Furlong’s coal and firewood business is busy as ever, but on an early delivery to a laundry run by nuns, he comes across an unholy sight.  Furlong is no Scrooge—a good man is he—but recognition of his privilege, complicity, and hypocrisy sets him on a journey of self-discovery not unlike that of A Christmas Carol.  Furlong’s recognition of the worth of those around him, and of himself, will warm your heart and open your eyes. 

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

Claire Keegan writes very tenderly and calmly about important and sometimes even horrific topics. Her main characters are everyday people and her stories about the decisions they make. Also how society looks like, how it can make people suffer. She writes with love for her country and her criticism doesn't do any harm to this love, I think actually her love is the reason for it.

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