Touchy Subjects: Stories (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 7, 2007 - Fiction - 288 pages
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In this sparkling collection of nineteen stories, the bestselling author of Slammerkin returns to contemporary affairs, exposing the private dilemmas that result from some of our most public controversies. A man finds God and finally wants to father a child-only his wife is now forty-two 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 the 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
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I enjoyed them - Donoghue's an excellent writer. - Goodreads

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I was torn about this rating. I loved the stories in the first half of the book and was much less enchanted with the second half (except for The Cost of Things, which was great). I skipped a few stories, actually. But still . . . there were enough good ones in here for me to admire the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

I was torn about this rating. I loved the stories in the first half of the book and was much less enchanted with the second half (except for The Cost of Things, which was great). I skipped a few stories, actually. But still . . . there were enough good ones in here for me to admire the book. Read full review

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Contents

BABIES
Touchy Subjects
Expecting
The Man Who Wrote on Beaches
Oops
Through the Night
Do They Know Its Christmas?
DOMESTICITY
The Sanctuary of Hands
WritOr
DESIRE
Team Men
Speaking in Tongues
The Welcome
DEATH
The Dormition of the Virgin

Lavenders Blue
The Cost of Things
Pluck
STRANGERS
Good Deed
Enchantment
Baggage
Necessary Noise
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Born in Ireland, Emma Donoghue spent many years in England and now lives in Canada. She is the author of Slammerkin as well as two other novels, a collection of short stories, and a collection of fairy tales. Her novels have been translated into eight languages.

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