Touchy Subjects

Touchy Subjects


Book - 2006
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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 bizarre secret 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.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151013869
Call Number: F DONOGHUE
Characteristics: viii, 280 p. ; 22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

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.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SFPL

To Top