Foster

by Claire Keegan is a novella from the author of Small Things Like These, newly published in the U.S. It follows the story of a young Irish girl whose parents can’t afford to keep her during her mother’s latest pregnancy. She’s sent to stay for a summer with relatives she barely knows in County Wexford, where she can help out on their farm. Keegan’s writing aptly captures the innocence and keen observation of her young narrator, and crafts simple but heartbreaking narrative about what love and family truly mean.