Foster (short story)
|Set in||County Wexford, summer 1981|
The New Yorker (short version)|
Faber and Faber
10 February 2010 (short)|
|Media type||Print: paperback|
|Awards||Davy Byrne's Irish Writing Award|
|Preceded by||Walk the Blue Fields|
1981 County Wexford, Ireland. A girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm, while her mother gives birth. She has no notion of when she will return home. In the strangers' house she finds affection she has not known before, and slowly she begins to blossom in their care. But when a secret is suddenly revealed, she realizes how fragile her idyll is.
"Foster" has received a very positive reception, winning the 2009 Davy Byrne's Irish Writing Award (it was submitted for the award prior to publication). The Daily Telegraph compared it to the work of Seamus Heaney and William Trevor, while The Observer called it "Among the finest stories written recently in English." It is now on the English syllabus for the Leaving Certificate Examination.
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