Touchy Subjects

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HarperCollins Canada, Jul 26, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
48 Reviews

A man finds God and finally wants to father a child—only his wife is now forty-three years old. A coach’s son discovers his sexuality on the football field. A roommate’s bizarre secret liberates a repressed young woman. From the unforeseen consequences of a polite social lie to the turmoil caused by a single hair on a woman’s chin, Donoghue dramatizes the seemingly small acts upon which our lives often turn. Many of these stories involve animals and what they mean to us, or babies and whether to have them; some replay Biblical plots in modern contexts. With characters old, young, straight, gay and simply confused, Donoghue dazzles with her range and her ability to touch lightly but delve deeply into the human condition.

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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, born in Dublin, is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose eight novels include the internationally bestselling Room--winner of both the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and Caribbean region) and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize--as well as Slammerkin, Life Mask and The Sealed Letter. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their two children.

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