Touchy Subjects

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Little, Brown Book Group, Aug 11, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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How do you make conversation with a sperm donor? How do you say someone's novel is drivel? Would you give a screaming baby brandy? In what words would you tell your girlfriend to pluck a hair on her chin? Touchy Subjects is about things that make people wince: taboos, controversies, secrets and lies. Some of the events that characters crash into are grand, tragic ones: miscarriage, overdose, missing persons, a mother who deserts her children. Other topics, like religion and money, are not inherently taboo, but they can cause acute discomfort because people disagree so vehemently. Many of these stories are about the spectrum of constrained, convoluted feeling that runs from awkwardness through embarrassment to shame.

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Well written, with good prose and idiomatic shifts. - Goodreads
Frequently they lack any character development at all. - Goodreads
I really liked her style of writing. - Goodreads
Love everything about her writing. - Goodreads
I enjoyed them - Donoghue's an excellent writer. - Goodreads

Review: Touchy Subjects: Stories

User Review  - Jill Furedy - Goodreads

This collection started off strong, for me. The delay in knowing what was happening in that first hotel room (between a woman and her friend's husband) intrigued me. The second story was less ... Read full review

Review: Touchy Subjects: Stories

User Review  - Sharon Archer - Goodreads

I really don't care for short stories...but these were mostly very good and some were downright amusing. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Emma Donoghue is an Irish novelist, playwright and historian. Her second novel HOOD won the American Library Association Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Award in 1997. She is currently adapting her novel STIR-FRY for Horizonline Films (Ireland).

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