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Foster

Author: 
Claire Keegan
Publisher(s): 
Faber & Faber, London
Publication Date: 
2010-09
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"I like imagining being a child [...] And I've minded children for years. I used to mind children when I was little more than a child myself. I'm really interested in how powerless children are and how much at the mercy of their parents and their minders they are. And how they don't usually have anyone to go to if things are bad. I am interested in power, in how we treat and mistreat each other within our relationships and particularly in the relationships between parents and children [...] Surely, a child's senses are just as sharp as an adult's [...] and maybe more so because they're not so dulled by experience. And disappointment. I think it's our own forgetfulness and frailty and weakness that we think the child isn't picking everything up." 

- Claire Keegan, in interview

Description

Foster is a "long short story." It was published in The New Yorker, and in expanded form as a stand-alone book by Faber and Faber. Claire Keegan has also published two collections of short stories with Faber, Antarctica (1999), and Walk the Blue Fields (2007).

Cover image of Foster
Publisher(s):
Faber & Faber, London