What a story! What a writer! Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan is a 116-page gem. The setting is a small town in Ireland in 1985. As Christmas approaches, Bill Furlong, the local coal merchant, delivers coal to a local convent. What he sees there makes him confront his past and propels him into an action that will alter forever how he and his family live.
The writing in this little novel is beautiful. Not a word is wasted or unnecessary. It is flawless-- a pleasure to read--and unforgettable.
....run, don't walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they're trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that's exactly what you need to know.” ― Stephen King