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Introducing a captivating new short story from the acclaimed author of bestsellers like "Small Things Like These" and "Foster," hailed as a once-in-a-generation talent by The Times.
After an uneventful Friday in the Dublin office, Cathal heads home on the bus, facing a long weekend ahead. His thoughts are consumed by Sabine, a woman with whom his life might have taken a different turn had he made different choices.
Throughout the evening, with only the glow of the television and a bottle of champagne for company, memories of Sabine and other significant women invade his mind. It's on this particular date that the true meaning of his reflections becomes clear. In this new story by Claire Keegan, one of today's most accomplished writers, we are prompted to ponder whether a lack of generosity could potentially undermine the connections between men and women.
Hilary Mantel praises Keegan's storytelling prowess, noting that "every word is the right word in the right place," creating a resonant and deeply moving experience. Colm Toibin adds that Claire Keegan has an exceptional talent for rendering moments as vivid and consequential.
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