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Maud NewtonThe Irish writer Claire Keegan has named [Flannery] O'Connor as an influence. While the stories in Keegan's new collection, Walk the Blue Fields, are gentler than O'Connor's work, and deeper than Keegan's angrier and more obvious offerings in her first book, Antarctica, the best of them display a similar attention to physical and emotional concreteness, whereby the two become blended and magnified…the best stories here are so textured and moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it's easy to imagine readers savoring them many years from now. And to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying lofty new terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan's fiction work.
—The New York Times