by Claire Keegan
Reviewed by Linda:
This is an exquisite little gem of a novel. Or more accurately, a novella. The renowned Irish short story writer Claire Keegan brings us to a small Irish town in the mid-1980s. A workingman, the father of five daughters, stumbles upon a tragic scene at the local convent’s Magdalene Laundry. Today notorious for their abusive treatment of pregnant mothers and babies, the laundries were then secretive places.