Astray by Emma Donoghue

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Astray is a wonderful, wonderfully interesting story collection because, above all else, Ms. Donoghue is a wonderful and wonderfully interesting storyteller.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue's stories have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They are gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross other borders too: those of race, law, sex, and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.

With rich historical detail, the celebrated author of Room takes us from puritan Massachusetts to revolutionary New Jersey, antebellum Louisiana to the Toronto highway, lighting up four centuries of wanderings that have profound echoes in the present. Astray offers us a surprising and moving history for restless times.
 

About Emma Donoghue

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Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. For more information, visit www.emmadonoghue.com.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 288 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Brooke Allen on Nov 02 2012

...her work...is sensitive and intuitive, and her narrative voice moves fearlessly between centuries and between genders.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Justine Jordan on Nov 09 2012

Where Donoghue's historical novels kindle imaginative worlds from the embers of forgotten lives, these are like sparks that flare and go out: poignant, but sometimes perfunctory.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Michael Adelberg on Oct 30 2012

Astray is a wonderful, wonderfully interesting story collection because, above all else, Ms. Donoghue is a wonderful and wonderfully interesting storyteller.

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Globe and Mail

Above average
Reviewed by JESSICA GRANT on Sep 14 2012

She has generously invited us errant readers along . Go ahead. Spin the globe.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Sep 14 2012

The stories in Emma Donoghue’s collection Astray are so compelling they are almost guilty pleasures.

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