“So Late in the Day”
by Claire Keegan
from the February 28, 2022 issue of The New Yorker

Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These was one of my favorite books of last year, and “Foster” is one of my favorite New Yorker stories. I’m so glad to see more of her work in the magazine!

This week we get “So Late in the Day,” a lovely title that would likely have also worked for Small Things Like These. I’m okay if we get something similar here. This is the beginning.

On Friday, July 29th, Dublin got the weather that had been forecast. All morning, a brazen sun shone down on Merrion Square, reaching onto Cathal’s desk, where he was stationed, by the open window. A taste of cut grass blew in, and every now and then a warm breeze played with the ivy on the ledge. When a shadow crossed, he looked out: a gulp of swallows skirmishing, high up, in camaraderie. Down on the lawns, some people were out sunbathing and there were children, and beds plump with flowers; so much of life carrying smoothly on, despite the tangle of human conflicts and the knowledge of how everything must end.

I can’t wait! Please feel free to leave your comments below.

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