Touchy Subjects

Touchy Subjects

eBook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9781443407472
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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This collection of nineteen 'sparkling' stories is divided into sections on babies, domesticity, strangers, desire and death. Donoghue’s characters' constant need for revision of expectations, perceptions and assumptions in light of new information is a unifying theme.

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Aug 19, 2014

I absolutely love Emma Donoghue. Her ability to articulate the complexities of the human condition with such clarity and compassion is what makes reading her works such a treasure.

Jul 02, 2012

I appreciate the fresh perspective this author takes on many already-familiar but not oft talked-about subjects (thus, the title of the collection) and the way we are introduced to them and leave them. It is a dance, of sorts, and I really appreciated the unvarnished look at them. It all seemed very plausible, real, and yet entertaining in their twists and turns. Good summer read, but not one I will pick up again.

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