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e-Book Touchy Subjects: Stories download

e-Book Touchy Subjects: Stories download

by Emma Donoghue

ISBN: 0151013861
ISBN13: 978-0151013869
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (June 1, 2006)
Pages: 288
Category: Literature and Fiction
Subategory: LGBT

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Rating: 4.8
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Touchy Subjects book. Emma Donoghue does a delightful job spinning tales that touch on difficult subjects, while giving the reader a great sense of the main characters' desires and fears. In this sparkling collection of nineteen stories, the bestselling. Truly believable characters, situations and reactions. Humor, tension and a great feeling of place.

Until he sold the Great Novel for a hefty enough sum to pay the rent on his apartment for a few years, pragmatism seemed to be called for.

Emma Donoghue ould think of; he'd picked grapefruit and filed insurance applications, fried pancakes and sold fitness equipment door-to-door.

Touchy Subjects: Stories Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006. by Emma Donoghue (Author). Touchy Subjects" is a great intro to Donoghue in terms of her style and range. Like all her work, it exhibits real depth and understanding of people at the same time that it thoroughly entertains. I highly recommend it. Also, it's a great gift for a loved one's birthday or the holidays. Donoghue's other collections include Astray,The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: Stories and Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins (fairy tales).

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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.

Touchy Subjects parades a variety of styles, but I’d say Donoghue’s greatest talent is for humor

Touchy Subjects parades a variety of styles, but I’d say Donoghue’s greatest talent is for humor. In the opening story, which gives the collection its title, a successful but childless woman returns from the United States to her native Dublin for one night to receive a jar of semen during an encounter with Padraic, the husband of an old friend.

3 6 5 Author: Emma Donoghue Narrator: Jennifer Woodward, Maggie Mash, Caroline Lennon, Daniel Coonan, John Cormack. 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 coach's son discovers his sexuality on the football field.

Touchy Subjects (New York: Harcourt; London: Virago, 2006)

Touchy Subjects (New York: Harcourt; London: Virago, 2006). My eighth book of fiction, this collection of contemporary stories about taboos and embarrassment ranges from Ireland to Louisiana, Canada to Tuscany, and includes characters old, young, queer, straight, and simply confused. From the consequences of a polite social lie to the turmoil caused by a single hair on a woman’s chin, it dramatises the small acts upon which our lives often turn.

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 roommate's bizarresecret liberates a repressed young woman. From the unforeseen consequences of a polite social lie to the turmoil caused by the 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.
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Of Donoghue's short story collections to date, I think this is the best. "Touchy Subjects" offers 19 takes on contemporary topics from babies and family life to art, writing, brief encounters - sexual and non-sexual - and death. Some stories are poignant, some are laugh-out-loud funny, one is deliciously erotic, all are thoughtful and entertaining. The diversity of topics and moods is what made this one so satisfying for me.

Among my favorite stories: the title story "Touchy Subjects" involves a male-female rendezvous in a hotel with a surprising twist; "Pluck" reveals how one man reacts to something really annoying about his lover; "The Sanctuary of Hands," is about a lonely tourist finding unexpected companionship in the caves of southern France; and "Speaking in Tongues" is a hot story about a one night stand told cleverly from the alternating viewpoints of two people in the grips of desire.

"Touchy Subjects" is a great intro to Donoghue in terms of her style and range. Like all her work, it exhibits real depth and understanding of people at the same time that it thoroughly entertains. The writing is simple and clear and should be accessible to all readers. I highly recommend it. Also, it's a great gift for a loved one's birthday or the holidays.

Donoghue's other collections include Astray,The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: Stories and Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins (fairy tales).

Gugrel
If you are looking at this review to consider reading a new author for you, what have you waited for? If you are her to read another Donoghue book, why do you hesitate? Irish born, Canadian Emma Donoghue is simply put, fabulous!! For me she is up there with or above the word smiths like Thomas Sanchez that are not widely known. READ THIS AUTHOR!! TOUCHY SUBJECTS is a collection of short stories, amazing little tales about life and discovery. Start here then maybe HOOD or SLAMMERKIN ( a classic already), or THE ROOM all wonderful books. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

great ant
Emma Donoghue's latest collection of short stories is extraordinary. Each story is a perfectly polished gem, with the depth of characterization and emotion that you would expect from a great novel. And she's funny, too. Donoghue captures the family, with all its pain and humor, and her wry and compelling observations on relationships are not to be missed. If AOL allowed it, I would give this collection ten stars.

Tolrajas
A mixed bag, some stories stronger than others. Enjoyed 'Astray' stories more, maybe because
of their historical anchors. Some great characters, some I'm sure I've met!

Nea
I like her style of writing, I like the topics she choses, they're up-to-date, original, all the stories are brilliant!

Impala Frozen
To predictable

Kefym
In this odd little short story collection, Emma Donoghue breaks up her tales into five categories of general life: Babies, Domesticity, Strangers, Desire and Death. A rundown of of the stories:

BABIES

"Touchy Subjects" (title story) -- a man agrees to be the sperm donor to his wife's best friend. Story gets into general discussion of fertility struggles of women

"Expecting" -- a woman lies about being pregnant, the lie gets out of hand

"The Man Who Wrote On Beaches" -- a man turns 43 and finds religion, which causes upset in his relationship with his agnostic girlfriend (there is a baby discussion here, if you're wondering)

"OOPS" -- James helps friend Neasa through a pregnancy he assumes is unplanned and unwanted, sets himself up as surrogate "uncle" to the child, helping with child rearing over the years

"Through The Night" -- Pre-motherhood Una was known for being quite the stoic. Now after giving birth, she finds herself deep in the throws of sleep deprivation and postpartum depression, uneasy with the dark places her mind is drifting.

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" -- A childless couple has embraced their life as dog parents and all is well until the holidays come and they're asked to leave the dogs at home while they attend a family gathering.

DOMESTICITY

"Lavender's Blue" -- A couple goes near-mad trying to agree on the perfect shade of slate blue to paint the exterior of their house

"The Cost of Things" -- An emotional rift develops between a lesbian couple over the medical expenses for their sick cat

"Pluck" -- A husband becomes fixated on a single dark hair on his wife's chin

STRANGERS

"Good Deed" -- A wealthy Canadian man struggles to decide on a course of action over a homeless man he finds laying in the street, bleeding from the mouth

"The Sanctuary of Hands" -- In Toulouse, France, a woman decides to take a tour of underground caverns, but is unsettled by a group of special needs adults joining her tour group.

"WritOr" -- A once successful writer, now struggling with mounting debt, grudgingly agrees to accept a "Writer In Residence" position at a small college, giving writing advice to aspiring authors.

DESIRE

"Team Men" -- Teenager Jonathan plays on a football team, with his dad as the coach. His dad is pretty hard on him, when it comes to critiquing Jonathan's athletic ability. When new guy Davy joins the team, Davy quickly becomes the star player. Jonathan feels a little threatened by him at first, but before long they become good friends who progess into secret lovers. Though they think they've been successful keeping their relationship under wraps, Jonathan's father turns mysteriously, progressively angry towards the both of them.

"Speaking In Tongues" -- Ladies Lee and Sylvia fall for each other after meeting at a conference

"The Welcome" -- Luce sees one 5-line ad for womens' housing, finds herself triggered by the spelling errors and the political correctness seeping through the choice of wording

DEATH

"The Dormition of the Virgin" -- George is vacationing in Italy. The last day of his stay he comes upon a dead body.

"Enchantment" -- Pitre and Bunch are two longtime friends living in Louisiana who get competitive with running swamp tours... until Pitre falls gravely ill

"Baggage" -- Niniane is in Hollywood .... partly on holiday, partly to find out information regarding her estranged brother

"Necessary Noise" -- Two sisters pick up their brother from a nightclub, immediately have to rush him to a hospital when he appears to be extremely ill and under the influence of serious drugs.

Overall Impressions:

I closed the book with a strong feeling of MEH. In a number of these stories, there are definitely intriguing ideas that Donoghue experiments with.. they just didn't really go anywhere. Most of these stories didn't close on strong, impactful moments, instead just kinda .. dropped off... which is one of my big peeves with short story collections in general. I will say though, I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first. I was close to DNF-ing after the first few stories but something was telling me to hang in there.

I'm glad I did, largely for "WritOr", which ended up being my favorite story in the whole book. After a number of bland bits in the earlier portion of this collection, I was pleasantly surprised to find such humor in "WritOr". Granted, it might be the "you had to be there" brand of humor. Being a writer myself, who worked as a writing tutor in college, a lot of what Donoghue illustrates in this particular story brought back vivid memories of my own experiences in that environment. Perhaps for that story alone, maybe a couple others that made me smile or think for a moment, I'll likely end up keeping this one on my shelves, at least for the time being. But if you haven't tried any of Donoghue's work before, I would NOT recommend starting here.

ms donoghue is a quite productive and versatile author and i'm not sure if i like this about her. like most people, "the room" was my first book by her and i was stunned-literally and metaphorically.the simplistic style in which all her magic and power resides is her sole hallmark present in all four books by her i've read so far. and being unable to "hear her" is a bit frustrating. i have to remind myself that i'm reading e donoghue by the middle of each story-not ian mcewan, not some other author, donoghue. that being said, as an earlier compilation, these stories are striking. i didnt like most.sexuality is not necessarily a touchy subject at all times - not nowadays-but her presentation is.thus, the title is quite apt. all in all i enjoyed the book.

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