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Touchy subjects [short stories]

by Donoghue, Emma. Published by : Virago, (Great Britain :) Physical details: 288 p. ;22 cm. ISBN:9781844083015. Year: 2007
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Fiction - Short stories DON Available 035773
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From the acclaimed novelist an electrifying collection of stories exploring taboos and secrets. 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. Some of the events that characters crash into are grand, tragic ones: miscarriage, overdose, missing persons, a mother who deserts her children. Other topics, like religion and money, are not inherently taboo, but they can cause acute discomfort because people disagree so vehemently. Many of these stories are about the spectrum of constrained, convoluted feeling that runs from awkwardness through embarrassment to shame.

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