Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
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[book review] Touchy Subjects: stories (Emma Donoghue, 2006)

[I forgot to post this before I started reading Midnight's Children.]

The stories in Emma Donoghue's Touchy Subjects make me uncomfortable. Which I think they're supposed to, because they're about the awkwardness of human interaction and how we lie to each other and how difficult it can be to tell the truth to each other. Reading it I was at times reminded of Joyce Carol Oates, though Oates is more grotesque.

I do like "Expecting" a lot, even though it's uncomfortable. And I'm more okay with the stories in the later sections -- e.g., "Speaking in Tongues," "The Welcome."

I was reading the book jacket blurb afterward, and it is somewhat impressive/remarkable that she's writing (spnning, publishing) these stories about such apparently mundane stuff. And of course the point of the stories is how these mundane things are so huge.

My introduction to Emma Donoghue was Hood, which I've read three times (v. unusual for me) and one of the things I loved was her awareness of language and how she was very humorously self-conscious about that, complete with etymological digressions (a sure way to my heart), and I was pleased to see some of that in here as well.

I wish I had some definitive feeling (yay or nay) on this collection, but I don't.

[Sidenote: Amazon tells me Best Lesbian Erotica 2007 is already available; apparently Emma Donoghue wrote the introduction. I'm gonna need to get it if for no other reason than that there's a Little Red Riding Hood story -- hello senior seminar paper :) -- but some of the other stuff sounds interesting, plus now it can be a Thing: the annual ripping apart of the "Best Lesbian Erotica" :) ]
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