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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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 134.6 x 203.2 x 17.3mm | 254.02g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156027399
  • 9780156027397
  • 1,554,934

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"An inspired dance on the narrow and exhilarating cliff-edge of art."
-THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
EM M A D O N O G H U E, celebrated author of Slammerkin, vividly
animates hidden scraps of the past in this remarkable collection. An
engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits, a plague ballad, theological
pamphlets, and an articulated skeleton are ingeniously fleshed out
into rollicking tales. Whether she's spinning the tale of a soldier tricked
into marrying a dowdy spinster, or a Victorian surgeon's attempts to
"improve" women, Donoghue fills us with the sights and smells of the
period as she summons the ghosts of ordinary people, bringing them to
unforgettable life in fiction.
"Sprightly prose. Transcends the usual limitations of historical fiction."
-THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Remarkably vivid, inventive scenes give life to each story
and make the collection absorbing." -THE VILLAGE VOICE
"Earthy, exhilarating tales." -ELLE
A SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB
AND THE QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB
EMMA DONOGHUE, born in 1969, is an Irish novelist,
playwright, and historian who lives in Canada. Her novel
Slammerkin was named a notable book of the year by the New
York Times and the Washington Post.
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PRAISE FOR"THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO RABBITS"

"An inspired dance on the narrow and exhilarating cliff-edge of art."--"The Washington Post"

"Through [Donoghue's] colorful detail we see, hear and smell the poignant episodes in these complex, but ordinary, lives."--"USA Today"
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