The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: Stories

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HarperCollins, Jun 1, 2003 - Fiction - 272 pages
Emma Donoghue vividly brings to life stories inspired by her discoveries of fascinating, hidden scraps of the past. Here an engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits, a plague ballad, surgical case notes, theological pamphlets, and an articulated skeleton are ingeniously fleshed out into rollicking, full-bodied fictions.
Whether she's spinning the tale of an English soldier tricked into marrying a dowdy spinster, a Victorian surgeon's attempts to "improve" women, a seventeenth-century Irish countess who ran away to Italy disguised as a man, or an "undead" murderess returning for the maid she left behind to be executed in her place, Emma Donoghue brings to her tales a colorful, elegant prose filled with the sights and smells and sounds of the period. She summons the ghosts of those men and women who counted for nothing in their own day and brings them to unforgettable life in fiction.
 

Contents

The Last Rabbit
1
Acts of Union
17
The Fox on the Line
33
Account
47
Revelations
53
Night Vision
75
Ballad
87
Come Gentle Night
99
Words for Things
159
How a Lady Dies
175
A Short Story
195
Dido
205
The Necessity of Burning
221
Looking for Petronilla
241
Back Matter
255
Back Cover
257

Salvage
115
Cured
129
Figures of Speech
151
Spine
258
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Born in Ireland, national bestselling author EMMA DONOGHUE spent many years in England and now lives in Canada. Her books include Room (basis for the Oscar-nominated film), Slammerkin, and The Pull of the Stars. Her novels have been translated into eight languages.

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