Touchy Subjects: Stories

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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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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

Touchy subjects: stories

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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 (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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