The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits : Stories

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Donoghue finds her inspiration for these wry, robust tales in obscure scraps of historical records: an engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits; a plague ballad; surgical case notes; theological pamphlets; an articulated skeleton. Here kings, surgeons, soldiers, and ladies of leisure rub shoulders with cross-dressers, cult leaders, poisoners, and arsonists.
Whether she's spinning the tale of an Irish soldier tricked into marrying a dowdy spinster, a Victorian surgeon's attempts to "improve" women, a seventeenth-century 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 stories an "elegant, colorful prose filled with unforgettable sights, sounds and smells" ("Elle"). Here she summons the ghosts of those women who counted for nothing in their own day, but who come to unforgettable life in fiction.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.7 x 27.9mm | 430.92g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151009376
  • 9780151009374

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"Superb . . . A novel of real force, filled with unforgettable sights . . . A profoundly entertaining and intelligent book."--"Elle"
"[A] colorful romp of a novel . . . Impossible to resist. Donoghue paints a spirited picture . . . Fabulous."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"This book rocks from the title on. A spectacular job."--"USA Today"
"What a great read this book is! Donoghue is a real writer, and she's elevated her racy story close to art."--"The Washington Post Book World"
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