Small Things Like These

A remarkable 114 page novella.  The language is mesmerizing and the story is a simple one with an incredible message.  One can almost feel the life in Ireland in the 80’s and the small village in which the story takes place.  Big issues are dealt with here.  Our protagonist, Bill Furlong, is wrestling with caring for his wife and five daughters, keeping his coal business running and facing the challenges that meet his each day.  Catholicism is clear in this country and so is abuse.  The Magdalen laundries where young girls are kept if they are wayward, orphans or unwed is depicted and Bill meets this “head on”

I loved this beautiful, sad story and I love how it ended.  The audio is superb!!!