“Foster” a novella by Claire Keegan – Book Review

Foster” was made into a film called “The Quiet Girl” and stars young Irish actress Catherine Clinch.  I would love to see it.
This beautifully written novella evoked empathy in the reader. You just wanted to hug the protagonist and never let her go.

Cáit’s family were poverty stricken, with too many mouths to feed, and not enough caring to go around. When she is sent to a farm for the summer, she experiences true caring for the first time in her life. Kindness and affection are new to her experience and she laps them up – though always with a grain of suspicion that this cannot last.

The story spoke to the age old need to be loved and valued. It was sad and moving portrayed by eloquently drawn characters, spare poignant prose, and a deep understanding of human needs.

The setting, rural Wexford, Ireland was splendidly described and easily imagined.

Written with an emotional depth that evokes a heart-breaking connection to the protagonist, I absolutely loved this novella, and wished it were longer…

This review was written voluntarily, and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Grove Press via Edelweiss. ISBN: 9780802160140 – ASIN: ‎ B0B15LS4MR – 96 pages

Published November 1, 2022 by Grove Press Atlantic

My favourite quote from the book: “Many’s the man lost much just because he missed a perfect opportunity to say nothing.”
Follow Claire Keegan on Twitter @CKeeganFiction

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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14 Responses to “Foster” a novella by Claire Keegan – Book Review

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  3. Carla says:

    I read and enjoyed Small Things Like These and have this to listen to today, so I can get it in for Novella November. Wonderful review, it doesn’t sound very uplifting or hopeful though.


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  5. So glad you enjoyed this one Lynne, the quote you have chosen is perfect!

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  7. I’m going to start reading my copy tonight!!! I’m SO looking forward to this one.


  8. I’ve made note of this one. It sounds really good. Thanks for reviewing it.


  9. I really like the sound of this Lynne, I must check it out!

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  10. Carol says:

    Have you read Small Things Like These? I think I like it better than Foster because the ending left me with more hope.


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