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Astray - Emma Donoghue
Astray
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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... show more
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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316206297 (0316206296)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 274
Edition language: English
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Community Reviews
Bright and Bon Vivant
Bright and Bon Vivant rated it
3.0
A quick read. This is a decent collection of short stories with a cohesive theme that ties them together well. All of the stories are based on real people or events, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. There were obvious homages to Dickens and Twain, and some seemed reminiscent to me of Betty ...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 Astray
The author has written this book of short stories about people who are yearning for something, and in their quest they have lost their way. Some struggle to find their way back, some never do. Based on the extensive research of actual documents, she has crafted a narrative consisting of anecdotal ta...
Maven Books
Maven Books rated it
3.0 Astray by Emma Donoghue
Just ok. Some of the stories were interesting, others not so much. The writing felt flat at times, like it was just on the surface of the story or of a real emotion.
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
Constantly Moving the Bookmark rated it
4.0 Astray
Not being a huge short story fan I started this book with a little bit of trepidation, especially after having loved “Room” so much. But, despite the format, I enjoyed this book very much. Each story is a vignette taken from history, a newspaper article, a well known legend or a footnote from anot...
jenniferwaggonerhartling
jenniferwaggonerhartling rated it
4.0 Astray
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