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Foster

By: Claire Keegan
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
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Summary

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.

©2021 Claire Keegan (P)2021 Faber & Faber

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Lightweight

I did not enjoy this book and felt cheated by its brevity. It isn’t a novel. It’s really only a short story and in this case, not a well read one. The voice is too sharp and sounds too “stock Irish” and irritating. The “story” is disappointing and the ending is abrupt.

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Wonderful

This is a stunning little book. A long short story / novella, it absolutely captures this isolated little girl as she is sent to stay with distant family members for a summer, while her mother is busy with a new baby. To say that you are with her until the story concludes is something of an understatement. It is so powerfully conveyed, I was astonished by it.

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Marvellous

This is so good - I wanted it to go on and on - just captures everyone so well

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Beautiful

Deceptively simple, beautifully written, excellent narration.
A favourite of Maggie O'Farrell's I heard on the audible Graham Norton book club podcast.

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not easy to review however

only one thing can be said after that listen 'Thank you petal!'

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Sooooo good

I wish there was more.
So emotional. can't wait to see the movie now.

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A rich and heartwarming tale of rural Ireland in the early 80s

A rich and heartwarming tale of rural Ireland in the early 80s.

Whilst not as moving as Keegan’s most recent work, Small Things Like These, this was nonetheless a captivating story of one girl’s summer and the loving care she found within it.

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really heart warming

Well it is a lovely simple, heart warming story but it was only just over an hour long which I hadn't realised until download.

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a small story beautifully told

this short novel captures so much poignancy with crisp sparse yet evocative prose..great performance too. really enjoyed it vety much




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Excellent introduction to Claire Keegan’s work

Wonderful short story and wonderfully read. You can feel the strong emotions build up. Recommend as an introduction to Claire Keegan’s work.

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