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Reading Group: Kick-off meeting

APRIR’s Reading Group, led by Mariela Burani online, is already a classic. As announced in December, 2024 starts with this short novel by award-winning Irish author Claire Keegan.

Small Things Like These

It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him – and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church.


“Small Things Like These, Keegan’s latest short novel, shares its properties with the very best of her stories. Plunge pool-like, the narrative implies significant depth below its close, bounded surface.” (The Guardian)

“The best novel I read this year.” –  Colm Tóibín

“A hypnotic and electrifying Irish tale that transcends country, transcends time.” (New York Times)

“Claire Keegan, una de las voces más potentes de la literatura irlandesa contemporánea, se detiene con perspicacia en esas pequeñas cosas que hacen la diferencia y construye una novela de una delicadeza conmovedora.” (Jorge Fondebrider, traductor de la novela al español)

How are we going to work?

If you haven’t started, you still have time! Read the novel, jot down your impressions, your ideas, and your opinions and then join Mariela Burani in a two-hour meeting on March 23rd to discuss them via Zoom.

How much does it cost?

APRIR members: $3500 – Non-members: $6000

How do I enrol?

Pay by bank transfer AND email us the slip at

Vacancies are very limited, because a reading group like this one must be kept small, so secure your place by paying in advance. First come, first served!

Banco Nación Suc. 3020- Rosario
CBU Nº 0110444240044427146462
Cuenta Corriente Especial
Nº de cuenta: 444271464/6
Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Rosario
CUIT: 30680502109 


You can buy the novel in local bookshops like KEL or order it online from well-known websites. If you are having trouble getting hold of it email us for assistance.

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