I was deeply moved by the stories in Walk the Blue Fields. I will reread, I hope, some of them numerous times. Keegan (1968, County Wicklow, Ireland) has received many honors and intense praise online and in print reviews. Her work, in my opinion, is clearly in the tradition of Dubliners and the stories of John McGhern. They are very rooted in Ireland mostly in the Rural west. The people in the stories are often deeply alone. These are sad stories of people some how left out, often centering on people who have faced terrible losses, isolates. There is a deep wisdom in these stories but in a way it is a wisdom that will harm, not help, those who can understand the pain in these works. I think it maybe that only partially damaged people can fully relate to these stories. I know that may not make sense to most people and perhaps you are better of that way. These stories are superb works of art. In the last story, "Night of the Quicken Trees" I felt my ability to understand this story was well enhanced by my recent visit, in the company of my brother Max u, to the west of Ireland.
I hope to read more of her stories as time goes on.