Touchy Subjects

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Fiction - 280 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‚e"only his wife is now forty-two years old. A coach‚e(tm)s son discovers his sexuality on the football field. A repressed young woman finds liberation in her roommate‚e(tm)s bizarre secret.



Many of these stories involve animals and what they mean to us, or babies and whether to have them; some reimagine 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 penetrate deeply into the human condition.
 

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This collection of short stories had some standouts, and others not so much. I thought it was a fortunate coincidence that I read this directly following Flannery O'Connor as the two seem to have a ... Read full review

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Among the touchy subjects that Donoghue (Slammerkin ) deals with in this wonderfully wide-ranging collection are childbirth and parenting, homelessness and special needs, and the ultimate touchy ... Read full review

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Contents

Touchy Subjects
3
Expecting
29
The Man Who Wrote on Beaches
37
Oops
53
Through the Night
59
Do They Know Its Christmas?
69
Lavenders Blue
83
The Cost of Things
95
WritOr
145
Team Men
169
Speaking in Tongues
183
The Welcome
199
The Dormition of the Virgin
225
Enchantment
237
Baggage
253
Necessary Noise
265

Pluck
107
Good Deed
119
The Sanctuary of Hands
131
Acknowledgments
279
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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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