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Review: Foster by Claire Keegan

Title: Foster
Author: Claire Keegan
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction
Pages: 122 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)Ireland

Summary It is a hot summer in rural Ireland. A child is taken by her father to live with relatives on a farm, not knowing when or if she will be brought home again. In the Kinsellas’ house, she finds an affection and warmth she has not known and slowly, in their care, begins to blossom. But there is something unspoken in this new household—where everything is so well tended to—and this summer must soon come to an end.

Winner of the prestigious Davy Byrnes Award and published in an abridged version in the New Yorker,this internationally bestselling contemporary classic is now available for the first time in the US in a full, standalone edition. A story of astonishing emotional depth, Foster showcases Claire Keegan’s great talent and secures her reputation as one of our most important storytellers.

Review: My friend Julie gave me this book as I was leaving her house on my trip to Seattle this past weekend. I had heard of it, but only read one review. I figured it was short enough that I might be able to read it on the two-hour flight home and I was right. I also really like the cover.

What a delightful novella. The author does an amazing job of setting a scene and capturing feelings without going into huge detail; we can tell by how the child responds to the adults around her how she is feeling and how she impacts them.

When we are children, love and caring from adults, whether they are our parents or not, is so important and this is shown well here. The contrast between the two homes is clear without being spelled out and this book is a wonderful case of show, don't tell.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Alphabet (author)--K
  • Literary Escapes--Ireleand
  • Popsugar--recommended by a friend.

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