Touchy Subjects

Touchy Subjects

Short stories

Paperback (07 Apr 2011)

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781844087396
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 204g
Height: 196mm
Width: 124mm
Spine width: 20mm