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The Foster, Claire Keegan
Another wonderful story from a firm favourite of mine, Claire Keegan, author of Antarctica and Walk The Blue Fields. A little girl is sent to live indefinitely with her ‘mother’s people’ – a childless couple on a farm in rural Ireland with apparently plenty of food and money to spare. The girl is uneasy at first but soon grows to feel comfortable in a household where she finds love and affection, something she’s never encountered before. Her happiness is short-lived, however, when a secret revealed by a neighbour threatens to destroy her childhood idyll. This is a beautifully written, sad and evocative story that is a must for anyone who enjoys good writing. I would have gladly stayed with the story for longer. Winner of last year’s prestigious Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award, Foster is now published in a revised and expanded version.