Foster

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Synopsis

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 affection she has not known before, and slowly she begins to blossom in their care. But when a secret is suddenly revealed, she realizes how fragile her idyll is.

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ISBN
9780571255658
Format
Paperback
Publisher
FABER & FABER
Published
9/2/2010
Weight
107g
  
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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 affection she has not known before, and slowly she begins to blossom in their care. But when a secret is suddenly revealed, she realizes how fragile her idyll is.

ISBN
9780571255658
Format
Paperback
Publisher
FABER & FABER
Published
2/9/2010
Weight
107g
  
Categories

Deliveries

Place an order for over €10 to receive free delivery to anywhere in Ireland and the UK! See our Delivery Charges section below for a full breakdown of shipping costs for all destinations.


Delivery Charges

  Ireland & UK* Europe & USA Australia & Canada Rest of World
Under €10 €3.80 €10 €15 €25
Over €10
Free €10 €15 €25

*Free delivery on all orders over €10 - only applies to order total, does not include eBooks.

All orders will be delivered by An Post.



More information about deliveries

Standard Returns

We accept returns up to 28 days after dispatch if the goods are still in marketable condition. If you would like to return goods, contact support@easons.com to request a returns document, which must be printed and attached to your parcel. Post the goods back to us with all paperwork enclosed and we'll credit your account. Note: postage on returned goods will be borne by the customer, unless we were at fault.

Restricted Returns

Certain goods, such as print-on-demand titles or special limited editions, are not eligible for return. This will be indicated to you before you place your order.

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    Foster confirms Claire Keegan's talent. She creates luminous effects with spare material, so every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion Hilary Mantel A masterly combination of things pregnant and poised, frozen and in flux. Times Literary Supplement - Stephanie Cross Foster is a thing of finely honed beauty and cumulative power, a story that deals in suggestion, exactitude and telling detail. It has the sure-footedness of great short story writing and a sense of confidence in the sparseness of the form that extends from the writer to the reader, allowing all that is not said to hold sway on the imagination. Observer - Sean O'Hagan Keegan has mastered a style that echoes Seamus Heaney's early poetry and the stories of William Trevor, but which has grown more enclosed and lyrical with each book. The dark humour of the early work has given way to a lush melancholy that has found its perfect length at 88 pages. Daily Telegraph - Sameer Rahim A great short story says more than a novel; the genius of the finest short stories lies in what is left unsaid. The feel for the form of the Wicklow-born writer Claire Keegan is as unwavering as if she had first begun to sing opera in the mountains without ever having a music lesson. Her subversive stories are written with the sureness of touch possessed by only the most natural of musicians. The influences of her masters, William Trevor, John McGahern and, most intriguingly, Michael McLaverty, are evident, yet her stately, rhythmic prose, and its physicality, detached tone and assurance, are all her own ... Foster , Keegan's winning entry for last year's Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award, is a haunting, crafted narrative making superb use of the first-person voice and of an urgent present tense. It has beauty, harshness, menace and the spine of steel worthy of high art ... There is no disputing that the greater the writing, the more may be confidently left unsaid. Keegan is a realist who has mastered describing the chaos of feeling. Humanity at its most vulnerable fills the silences in Foster , an unsentimental story that triumphs through a subtle ambivalence that stalks and shapes the emerging emotional intelligence of the narrator. Where does the Irish short story stand in the slipstream of frenetic suburbanisation? How has it been affected by social change? Does McGahern's influence endure? How important is the sustaining of a tradition? Does emotional power invariably outgun stylistic innovation and experimentation? Exactly how good is Claire Keegan? This wonderful story, as daring today as were the stories of Edna O'Brien on publication, goes a long way towards answering all of those questions. Irish Times - Eileen Battersby Imagine our glee, then, when we got a copy of the new book from one of our favourite Irish writers - the insanely talented short story wizard Claire Keegan ... Keegan has stuck with her guns and written purely and simply and staggeringly well about yet more rural Irish life ... Keegan's writing always resists tricksiness and innovation, but it is the absolute, unquestionable real deal: everything about her storytelling rings dazzlingly true at all times ... Foster will captivate you and then it will squish your heart. That's worth way more than £6.99. Dazed and Confused - Stuart Hammond Keegan's lyrical novella was originally a New Yorker short story, but it has gained greatly from this expansion: the narrative breathes along with the child slowly detaching from her cramped, impoverished home and starting to unfurl, leaf-like, in an atmosphere of attentiveness. This is a story about liminal spaces: about having "room, and time to think", about the shifting lines between secrecy and shame, and a child's burgeoning apprehension of the gap between what must be explicit and what need merely be implied. Guardian - Chris Ross This is a captivating short story ... Foster , like most of Keegan's short stories, shines like a jewel ... Keegan's description of the landscape, rural life, farmhouse interiors, the awkward silences, the sometimes bitter subtext beneath the pleasantries, is so good at times you put the book down to smile in recognition. Her summation of the way the men converse but don't really talk to each other is perfect ... above all, this little book is worth reading for the portrayal of the girl, the narrator of the story, whose conflicting emotions are at once delightful and heart-breaking as her horizons widen and her understanding grows. Through her eyes we see the adult world in a new light. Short stories are sometimes called gems. This one is as lyrical as poetry yet so concentrated it's a novel in miniature. A real jewel. Irish Independent