A review by zaracampbell
Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan

dark mysterious reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


A powerful novella encapsulating themes of religion, secrecy, solidarity and one which crafts a very real dialogue about the morality of our own choices and consequences. A compelling and authentic exploration into a tragic injustice that went largely ignored, but that ultimately enabled the Catholic Church's authority.  

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?

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