Recommended by the Reviewers Club

So Late in the Day, by Claire Keegan

Cover of So Late in the Day, by Claire Keegan.

This is a long short story taken from the author’s collection of stories by the same title. Taking place over the course of a weekend, the story is seen from a male perspective.

Cathol is insensitive, sexist, and cannot understand why his fiancé has left him. Keegan has created a character who is extremely flawed and emotionally immature, though his attitudes to women reflect contemporary Irish culture of the earlier part of the twenty first century.

The novella is brilliantly concise and conveys the loneliness and isolation of a confirmed bachelor.

4/5 Stars