This book is the first by Claire Keegan that I've ever read and I am blown away by the captivating clarity of the language that immensely amplified the power and depth of the story.
On the one hand, I was shocked by the terrible historical issues Keegan addresses in her novella but on the other hand I felt surprisingly uplifted by the hopeful and soothing warmth, compassion, and pure humanity that Keegan created in her story of a family's Christmas celebration.
It is an emotionally challenging read but very much worth the heartache because it shows how strong we can be as humans and how important it is to follow our intuition to do good.
I look forward to reading Keegan's next book!— Cara
December 2021 Indie Next List
“Claire Keegan works magic in this small novel about a truly good man in 1985 Ireland, and the difficult decision he faces at Christmastime. Keegan captures the extraordinary courage required to live an ordinary life with honor.”
— John Lynn, The Kennett Bookhouse, Kennett Square, PA