The evening is fine. In the sky a few early stars are shining of their own accord. She watches the dog licking the bowl clean. This dog will break her daughter's heart, she's sure of it. Claire Keegan's mesmeric story takes us into the heart of the Wicklow countryside, and of the farming family of Victor Deegan, with his 'three teenagers, the milking and the mortgage'. When Deegan finds a gun dog and gives it as a present to his only daughter, his wife is filled with foreboding at this seeming act of kindness. As the seasons pass, long-buried family secrets threaten to emerge.
Presented here is a debut collection of short stories set in Ireland and the Deep South of America. They reveal lives where dreams, memory and chance can lead to horrifying consequences; worlds where obsession and dark tensions seethe just beneath the surface.
Modern fictionA small girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, and finds the warmth and affection she'd been lacking. But when a secret is revealed, she realises how fragile her idyll is. Winner of the Davy Byrnes Memorial Prize. *Also appeared in May Buyer's Notes*
Short storiesThe second collection of short stories from the critically acclaimed Irish author, following the success of Antarctica. In these tales, Keegan observes an Ireland wrestling with its past, and she beautifully articulates all the yearnings of the human heart. A immensely talented writer whose work has been compared to Raymond Carver and William Trevor.