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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 females seek flatmate. No bigots” – leads Maria to a home with warm Ruth and wickedly funny Jael, students who are older and more fascinating that she’d expected.
But one day something Maria glimpses by accident blows her mind open, and she is forced to question everything she thought she knew about sexuality. 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 non-possessiveness.
©1994 Emma Donoghue (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Alice on 11-13-15

Well written but needed more

The prose is artful and crafted, but what is painted is a field with some trees, with a glimmer that once traversed to is cant be explored.

Okay so I listen to this, thinking, great writing, maybe over the top in places, each gap filled with witticisms and observations, and I really don’t like being negative, particularly of someone so talented, but where was the story? The romance, the drama, and the ending? I think it could have worked as a short. Maybe even as a bbc TV drama.

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I’m more disappointed for the novelist then myself, who is obviously very skilled and has a lot to offer. But there are three main problems. First there is no really story, second the protagonist who is seventeen is characterized far beyond her years. And when finally the ending is five words (it would be like an epic adventure tale ending with, “and they found it.”)
In order for me to get closure on this, I'll have to add my own words, so I know Maria found the person she loved (even a hug would have done).
Sorry, I just gobsmacked at how abruptly it ended. It was obvious she liked Ruth, but not enough to conclude the story which did not indicate how much. I feel more effort needed to be put into building the affection between these two. Its a story untold now.

It’s possible I’m too sentimental, but please check out reviews on goodreads, etc. and others rather the just judging based on my own emotional skewed view.. It’s possible for others the weight of the prose will be more significant part.

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By Ms on 02-03-15


I enjoyed the story but not as much as the other books by this author. The storyline was good but dragged on a bit at the end, nevertheless a good book.

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