Touchy Subjects

Touchy Subjects

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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 repressed young woman finds liberation in her roommate s bizarre secret. Many of these stories involve animals and what they mean to us, or babies and whether to have them; some reimagine 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 penetrate deeply into the human condition."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 132.1 x 200.7 x 10.2mm | 340.2g
  • HARVEST BOOKS
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156032619
  • 9780156032612
  • 718,470

Review quote

"All of Donoghue's stories are lucid and well paced...written over a number of years, these stories demonstrate considerable versatility...It's evident she likes her characters, and you probably will too." --Tibor Fischer"New York Times" (09/17/2006)show more

Back cover copy

"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. "show more

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871 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 14% (122)
4 38% (329)
3 34% (300)
2 11% (97)
1 3% (23)
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