Book Review: Foster by Claire Keegan

Foster by Claire Keegan is a short fiction novella, set in Ireland, and published by Faber & Faber, in a reissued edition. We’ve all fallen prey to browsing the books in a library and one of those books catches our eye. I saw the slim spine of Foster, and recognised the logo of the publisher. The front and back covers have quotes of praise from reviews of Foster. On the inside flap is the blurb, which intrigues but pretty much sums up the whole story. There doesn’t seem to be much depth to it. There are breadcrumbs dropped through the story that tell us why this young girl, our narrator, has been taken by her dad to stay with relatives, for an unspecified length of time. It’s a simple and sparsely told story, and not something I thought was very original. I appreciated the writing style.

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