The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: Stories (Harvest Book) (Paperback)

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Donoghue finds her inspiration for these wry, robust tales in obscure scraps of historical records: an engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits; a plague ballad; surgical case notes; theological pamphlets; an articulated skeleton. Here kings, surgeons, soldiers, and ladies of leisure rub shoulders with cross-dressers, cult leaders, poisoners, and arsonists.

Whether she's spinning the tale of an Irish soldier tricked into marrying a dowdy spinster, a Victorian surgeon's attempts to "improve" women, a seventeenth-century countess who ran away to Italy disguised as a man, or an "undead" murderess returning for the maid she left behind to be executed in her place, Emma Donoghue brings to her stories an "elegant, colorful prose filled with unforgettable sights, sounds and smells" (Elle). Here she summons the ghosts of those women who counted for nothing in their own day, but who come to unforgettable life in fiction.

Praise For…


"An inspired dance on the narrow and exhilarating cliff-edge of art."--The Washington Post

"Through [Donoghue's] colorful detail we see, hear and smell the poignant episodes in these complex, but ordinary, lives."--USA Today

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156027397
ISBN-10: 0156027399
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2003
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Harvest Book