Claire Keegan: 'Short stories are limited. I'm cornered into writing what I can' | Interview
Faber is publishing a Claire Keegan short story as a stand-alone book, but this rare honour is fully deserved, says Sean O'Hagan
Antarctica / Claire Keegan.
This debut collection of short stories comes from one of Ireland’s most celebrated young writers. Keegan’s Ireland is stark, and familial relations provide neither warmth nor protection. The title story, in particular, shows the promise she realizes in later novels, like Foster. The stories are often dark and enveloped in a palpable atmosphere, and the reader feels that something "big" is going on in each of these carefully sculpted tales.