Foster | Paperback | By Claire Keegan

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  • Foster
  • Pages: 96
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Claire Keegan
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication date: 02 Sep 2010
  • Category: Irish Fiction
  • Size: 12.7 x 19.8 x 0.7 cm
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Foster by Claire Keegan


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.


'A short (ish) piece of perfection.' Alison Walsh ? Irish Independent

'Foster is a beautifully paced and delicately wrought tale ... Claire Keegan has truly inhabited the mind of a child and crafted a story that will stay with you long after the final page has been read.' Sunday Express

'Foster is less than 90 pages long, but it makes for a subtly enlightening account of rural life. There's a timeless feel to it. We see days pass through the eyes of the young narrator, and there's authenticity there ... this is seamlessly atmospheric writing and it stays, always, true to the child's perspective.' Sue Leonard ? Irish Examiner

About the Author

Claire Keegan was born in 1968 and grew up on a farm in Wicklow. Her first collection of short stories, Antarctica, was completed in 1998. It announced her as an exceptionally gifted and versatile writer of contemporary fiction and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature. Her second short story collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to enormous critical acclaim in 2007 and won her the 2008 Edge Hill Prize for Short Stories. Claire Keegan lives in County Wexford, Ireland.


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