Books by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is an award-winning Irish writer who lives in Canada. At 36, she has published four novels, two books of short stories, two works of literary history, two anthologies and two plays. Born in Dublin, Ireland, on 24 October 1969, Emma is the

FROG MUSIC by Emma Donoghue
Released: April 1, 2014

"More fine work from one of popular fiction's most talented practitioners."
In the sweltering fall of 1876, a San Francisco prostitute tracks a killer and searches for her stolen baby. Read full book review >
ASTRAY by Emma Donoghue
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Another exciting change of pace from the protean Donoghue."
Fourteen tales of people cut loose from their roots—voluntarily or not. Read full book review >
ROOM by Emma Donoghue
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Wrenching, as befits the grim subject matter, but also tender, touching and at times unexpectedly funny."
Talented, versatile Donoghue (The Sealed Letter, 2008, etc.) relates a searing tale of survival and recovery, in the voice of a five-year-old boy. Read full book review >
THE SEALED LETTER by Emma Donoghue
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Uncharacteristically dull work from one of contemporary literature's most interesting and entertaining writers."
In her third historical novel, Donoghue (Landing, 2007, etc.) portrays a sordid Victorian divorce that roiled the women's suffrage movement. Read full book review >
LANDING by Emma Donoghue
Released: May 7, 2007

"Not one of this talented author's most ambitious works, but warmhearted, readable and entertaining."
Lesbian romance goes mainstream in this charming tale by Donoghue (Touchy Subjects, 2006, etc.) of a cosmopolitan Irish flight attendant and her down-home Canadian girlfriend struggling to find common ground for their newfound love. Read full book review >
TOUCHY SUBJECTS by Emma Donoghue
Released: June 1, 2006

"Delightful examples of Donoghue's all-encompassing talent that should be read by fans of her period pieces as well as her gay audience—indeed, by anyone who cherishes thoughtful, warm-hearted fiction."
The author of two intelligent, atmospheric historical novels, Slammerkin (2001) and Life Mask (2004), reapplies her sharp eye to the contemporary world in 19 engaging short stories. Read full book review >
LIFE MASK by Emma Donoghue
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A little slow to start, but readers who give themselves over to its unhurried rhythms will be rewarded: a full-bodied tale that satisfies the head and the heart."
Donoghue's latest, another fabulously entertaining historical (Slammerkin, 2001, etc.), illuminates three intertwined 18th-century lives. Read full book review >
SLAMMERKIN by Emma Donoghue
Released: June 1, 2001

"Irresistible, and deeply satisfying. Donoghue has surpassed herself."
This boldly imagined historical fiction—reminiscent, though by no means imitative, of both Defoe's classic Moll Flanders and Margaret Atwood's recent Alias Grace—represents a quantum leap forward for its Irish-born (now Canadian) author. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"One of the best books of the year thus far. Like Andrea Barrett, Donoghue has staked a claim to her own distinctive fictional territory."
Seventeen stories by the Irish-born Canadian author (Slammerkin, 2001, etc.) ransack what Donoghue calls "the flotsam and jetsam of the last seven hundred years of British and Irish life" for razor-sharp vignettes of the fates of women in judgmental male-dominated societies. Read full book review >
KISSING THE WITCH by Emma Donoghue
Released: May 11, 1997

Under a surface as seamless as stone worn smooth by the sea are tales readers may know, but with images and perspectives quite different from the canonical tradition. What if the beast in Beauty and the Beast were a woman? Read full book review >

HOOD by Emma Donoghue
Released: March 1, 1996

This second novel by Donoghue (Stir-fry, 1994) offers an elegiac reconstruction of a long love affair and a fascinating portrait of lesbian society in modern Ireland. Bright, self-assured, dependable Pen O'Grady first meets neurotic, alluring, exasperating Cara while both are in convent school. Read full book review >

Released: May 10, 1995

An impressive piece of scholarship that seeks to bring passion into the lesbian history of late 17th and 18th century England. Closely reading the literature of the period, novelist Donoghue (Stir-Fry, 1994) gives her reader meticulously detailed evidence that during the years 16681801 lesbianism was popularly represented. Read full book review >

STIR-FRY by Emma Donoghue
Released: May 18, 1994

In her sweet first novel, Donoghue (Passions Between Women: British Lesbian Culture, 1668-1801, not reviewed) writes clearly but never plainly about Maria, a young woman from the country who comes to Dublin to begin college. Maria (pronounced with a long i to rhyme with ``pariah'') has the usual struggles in her early university days, but these scenes are refreshed by her lack of guile and by Donoghue's prose, which never condescends—even when Maria is too naãve to catch on immediately to the lesbian relationship between her two female roommates, despite some obvious signs. Read full book review >