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
Love everything about her writing. - Goodreads
I enjoyed them - Donoghue's an excellent writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Catherine - Goodreads

Beautifully written short stories, but strangely unsettling. Finally elected to abandon, as I found many of them not to my taste. Read full review

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User Review  - Charlie - Goodreads

New author on the scene; nice collection of short stories seen from a youthful perspective. I enjoyed them all. Read full review


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

Lavenders Blue
The Cost of Things
Good Deed
Necessary Noise

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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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