A short story to savour, So Late In The Day proves to be another success from Irish author Claire Keegan. As Cathal faces a long weekend ahead, he begins to reflect on a recent relationship that has ended with a woman named Sabine. Contemplating his behaviour during and after, certain situations are brought to light which may have altered the course of events if he’d acted differently. Despite the misogyny displayed by the character, it is a moving and intimate portrayal.
Having gained many accolades for her previous works of fiction, the popularity of Small Things Like These – shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Rathbones Folio Prize amongst others – has catapulted Keegan to a greater audience. This form dictates the importance of each word and often left me looking beyond the writing to read into what’s not being explained.
It’s a testament to the powerful prose that such a small piece of literature can be so impactful, and at only 47 pages in length So Late In The Day is the ideal way to unwind, if time is of the essence.
So Late In The Day, Claire Keegan (Faber)
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words RHIANON HOLLEY