Touchy Subjects: Stories

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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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Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 2006, 0-15-101386-1

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"Touchy Subjects is lucid, concise, clever and poignant. Roaming the globe, from many walks of life, bearing their painful and wonderful aspects alike, Donoghue's characters will remind readers of themselves in the here and now."―The Miami Herald



In this sparkling collection of nineteen stories, the bestselling author of Slammerkin returns to contemporary affairs, dramatizing 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 awakens a repressed young woman. 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.
"In her new story collection, Slammerkin author Emma Donoghue raises an impressive array of Touchy Subjects, delving into what it means to be human."―Elle


"Contain[s] plenty of well-crafted human observation."―Entertainment Weekly

 

EMMA DONOGHUE is an Irish novelist, playwright, and historian. She is the author of four novels, two collections of short stories, and a collection of fairy tales. She lives in London, Ontario.

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