Walk the Blue Fields

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Faber & Faber, 2007 - Ireland - 163 pages
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A long haired woman moves into the priest's house and sets fire to his furniture. That Christmas, the electricity goes out. A forester mortgages his land and goes off to a seaside town looking for a wife. He finds a woman eating alone in the hotel. A farmer wakes half naked and realises the money is almost gone. A Harvard student flies south to celebrate his birthday at his step-father's condominium by the sea. While the scent of hay drifts up from neighbouring fields, a teenage immigrant articulates the reason for her going. 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.

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User Review  - Othemts - LibraryThing

This is a collection of stories set in Ireland. They are contemporary tales but set in rural settings so there's lots of traditional gender roles, repressed emotions, and outcomes that are rather ... Read full review

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User Review  - patronus11 - LibraryThing

What is it with the Irish and writing? Keegan is yet another excellent Irish storyteller, and I think she's a major talent in the making. Concerned with ordinary family life, these stories tend to be ... Read full review

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Claire Keegan was born in 1968 and grew up on a farm in Wicklow. Her first collection of short stories, Antarctica, was completed in 1998. It announced her as an exceptionally gifted and versatile writer of contemporary fiction and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature. Her second short story collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to enormous critical acclaim in 2007 and won her the 2008 Edge Hill Prize for Short Stories. Claire Keegan lives in County Wexford, Ireland.

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