Stir-Fry by Emma Donoghue
A Novel

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Seventeen and sure of nothing, Maria has left her parents’ small-town grocery for university life in Dublin. An ad in the Student Union—“2 women seek flatmate. No bigots.”—leads Maria to a home with warm Ruth and wickedly funny Jael, students who are older and more fascinating than she’d expected. A poignant, funny, and sharply insightful coming-of-age story, Stir-Fry is a lesbian novel that explores the conundrum of desire arising in the midst of friendship and probes feminist ideas of sisterhood and nonpossessiveness.

About Emma Donoghue

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Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes).
Published July 4, 2013 by Picador. 200 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Young Adult. Fiction

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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.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Stir-Fry: A Novel

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Donoghue's wry and tender debut tackles the interconnected themes of coming-out and coming-of-age. Strong-willed, shy and filled with vague feminist sentiments, 17-year-old Maria has left her small to

May 02 1994 | Read Full Review of Stir-Fry: A Novel

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Though unworldly Maria does not at first grasp that the two are lovers, it doesn't take her long to realize that swaggering Jael and earnest, sweet-natured Ruth are just the sort of friends she has always longed for.

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