The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: Stories

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 1, 2003 - Fiction - 272 pages
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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.

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

Have I ever been so in love with a book of short stories as this? The only one I can think of that would come close is Margaret Atwood's Good Bones, but that was less a book of short stories than it ... Read full review

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User Review  - 50MinuteMermaid - LibraryThing

A whimsical yet oddly substantive collection of historical fiction short stories; obscure or long-forgotten women of Ireland and the British Isles whose tales are lightly and maybe even musingly retold via a kind of legitimate fan-fiction. Read full review


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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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