A man finds God and finally wants to father a child -- only his wife is now forty-three 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... show more
A man finds God and finally wants to father a child -- only his wife is now forty-three 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 a single 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.
Publish date: 2006-11-02
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Short Stories
How do you make conversation with a sperm donor? How do you say someone's novel is drivel? Would you give a screaming baby brandy? In what words would you tell your girlfriend to pluck a hair on her chin? Touchy Subjects is about things that make people wince: taboos, controversies, secrets and lies...
A strong showing by the author of "Room" -- a collection of tales showcasing her uncanny ability to create an genuine and nuanced internal life for her characters, whether in mundane or extraordinary circumstances. These tales are immensely varied: they include narrators or every stripe and sexuali...
I'm a longtime fan of Emma Donoghue, but this is the first time I have ventured outside of her historical fiction. This volume has been sitting on my shelf for years until I recently picked it up as part of my determination to finally figure out how to write a short story -- the best way to start, t...
I would be more inclined to give it a 3.5, were it an option.Read my full review here.