Touchy Subjects

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HarperCollins, Jul 26, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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A man finds God and finally wants to father a child—only his wife is now forty-three years old. A coach’s son discovershis 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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User Review  - Sean191 - LibraryThing

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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About the author (2011)

EMMA DONOGHUE is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography and stage and radio plays, as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical to the contemporary. Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange prizes. The Lotterys Plus One is her first novel for young readers.


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