Claire Keegan

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(1968)

Claire Keegan grew up on a farm in Wicklow and studied English and Political Science at Loyola University. She subsequently went on to complete a Master in Creative Writing at the University of Wales and a second Creative Writing Masters in Trinity College, Dublin. Her first collection of short stories, Antarctica (1999), won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her long-awaited second collection, Walk the Blue Fields (2007), established her as an exceptionally gifted writer. Her third work, Foster, appeared in 2010 and won the Davy Byrnes Memorial Prize.

Books
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Antarctica

Faber & Faber, 2000

The characters in Keegan's stories inhabit a world where dreams, memory and chance can have crippling consequences for those involved. From the opening story about a married woman who takes a trip to the city with a single purpose in mind – to sleep with another man – Antarctica draws you into a world of obsession, betrayal and fragile relationships. Compassionate, witty and unsettling, this is a collection to be savoured.

Translated into

French, Chinese, Spanish (Argentina)

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Foster

Faber & Faber, 2010

A small girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, without knowing when she will return home. In the strangers’ house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to blossom in their care. And then a secret is revealed and suddenly, she realizes how fragile her idyll is. Winner of the Davy Byrnes Memorial Prize, Foster is beautiful, sad and eerie story of astonishing emotional depth.

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Spanish (Argentina), Slovene

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Walk the Blue Fields

Faber & Faber, 2007

A long-haired woman moves into the priest's house and sets fire to his furniture. A forester mortgages his land and goes off to a seaside town to look for a wife. A Harvard student flies south to celebrate his birthday at his step-father's condominium by the sea. And in the title story, a priest waits on the altar for a bride and battles, all that wedding day, with his memories of a love affair. In her long-awaited second collection, Claire Keegan observes an Ireland wrestling with its past, and it is against this landscape that the stories of Walk the Blue Fields so beautifully articulate all the yearnings of the human heart.

Translated into

Bulgarian, Slovenian, Czech, Spanish (Argentina), German, Chinese, French

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Camilla Hornby,
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United Kingdom

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W: www.curtisbrown.co.uk