Foster, by Claire Keegan (Faber 2010, revised edition 2022)

Neil's picture

Foster is a short 90 page story published in a very handsome small paperback. It's a beautifully written, finely honed story in which much of the resonance of the story takes place off the page but in the reader's imagination. It tells of a girl taken for a summer to stay with relatives in rural Ireland. She's from a poor background, and it's suggested there is violence in the family home, but she finds affection in her new, temporary home. This is a powerful little book.