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 childonly his wife is now forty-two years old. A coach’s son discovers his sexuality on the football field. A repressed you...more
There are 19 stories tucked into this little gem. Some are better than others, in my opinion, but that made it all the more enjoyable. The characters varied, moving from a high powered business-woman who's willing to do anything it takes to have a child, to a bitter craw ...more
For example, in ‘expecting’, a stranger misheard that a woman is pregnant. In that fleeting moment, the woman thinks it is not necessary to correct the perception of so ...more
Her characters include heterosexual couples, lesbian and gay couples, single-businesswomen-seeking-sperm, evangelical Christians, and people who just really love dogs; all of these are treated with honest affection, making their stories relatable. Had I known the ...more
These are terrific. If there had been more lesbian stories, it would have gotten the full five stars. I was disappointed by that at first, so flipped through and read all the lesbian ones first. Charmed, I went back to read the rest and found no lack of interest. Even the ones wi ...more
On one hand, Donoghue has a knack for creating vivid characters. While we only spend a short time with them, all of them feel well fleshed out.
On the other hand, however, I often found myself hitting the end of the story and thinking 'Is this it? What was the point of what I just read?' Many of the shorts seemed more like the opening chapter of a larger novel than a standalone story. I understand that there's a lot of power in ...more
This particular volume of short stories was disappointing. I was well into the book when I accidentally ...more
The very strong homosexual content had me googling the author... All I really wanted was to be immersed in a series of fictional short stories for 10 minut ...more
My absolute ...more
I was on the lookout for an audiobook to listen to on my way to and from work and spotted this one. I grabbed it as I loved Room...wouldn't normally chose short stories.
I thought the first story was hilarious, I gasped, laughed, my toes curled, I cringed.
Can't say the same about all the stories, some didn't grab my attention as much as others, but I loved the diversity and the subjects it covered!
Great idea for a book, and would make a great book club discussion...unfortunately def ...more
I like that the author was able to write stories around subjects that one wouldn't even count as a subject - and therein lies the problem. There was some humor and the stories were poignant in some places but after finishing every story - EVERY story - I kept coming back to the same question - SO WHAT ????
The ending to every story was un-fulfilling - I'm not asking for a big bang or a twist ...more
I like to inhabit the worlds that Donoghue creates in her stories. You generally know how the stories will wind up fairly early on, but that is not the point. What is far more interesting are the set-ups for each little world. Writing this a month and a half after reading the book, I would say the stories that really stick out in my head are "The Man Who Wrote on Beaches," "The Sanctuary of Hands," and "Speaking in Tongues."
In fact, I think "Speaking in Tongues" may be the ...more