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