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Astray | [Emma Donoghue]

Astray

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Short Stories/Collections, 2013

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.

©2012 Emma Donoghue (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Doug Elizabethtown, IN, United States 12-10-12
    Doug Elizabethtown, IN, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2006

    Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. C.S. Lewis

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    "Great use of historical fiction"

    This is a fine and unique collection of historical fiction pieces, with a postscript behind each story explaining the origin of the characters and the situation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 05-09-13
    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 05-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A good collection of short stories"

    I will just list the strengths of this collection of stories rather than an actual review

    1) Emma Donoghue is a writter that manages to capture interesting literary themes in very accesible readable/page turning stories

    2) The time and place of the stories are clearly set at the beginging so the reader is not spending time figuring what period a story is taking place

    3) All/most of these stories are based on actual events. Donoghue is a real good researcher and historical writer

    4) All the stories have a general theme of people leaving or finding a physical/mental place which ties the stories together well.

    A definitie reccomendation

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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