Astray by Emma Donoghue

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Read Astray Online Free - 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.

"The Hunt" was short-listed for the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

Title : Astray
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ISBN : 0316206296
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 274 pages


Vikki rated it ★★★★☆

September 22, 2012

I have loved Emma Donoghue since before Room. Her novel Slammerkin remains one of my favourite pieces of historical fiction. I very much enjoyed this collection of historical short stories. I read it in one day (admittedly much of this day was spent on a plane). I was lucky enough to hear the aut...

Mark rated it ★★★☆☆

October 24, 2016

Astray is a collection of short stories based on real events. Emma has researched and found bits and pieces of events - be they birth records, census counts, stories passed down or interesting items found in old journals and newspapers. Around these scraps of information she has built her short s...

Tasha rated it ★★★☆☆

June 27, 2014

The latest anthology from the author of "Room" has an intriguing premise — vignettes and very short stories spun out from old news items and historical records — but the stories Donoghue uncovers are often rich enough to support entire novels, and yet she only elaborates enough to add a few detai...

Kaarin rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 07, 2012

This short story collection by Emma Donoghue examines historic and personal moments that are based on real events. Each story is followed by background information from which the narrative is based. The finished collection jumps eras and locations while Donoghue expertly switches styles of writin...

Sky rated it ★★★★★

January 21, 2013

-Facebook Page -- I received this book through the Goodreads Giveaways, it was one of those books that captivated me from the start and just couldn’t put down at all. Emma Donoghue has taken real historic stories of people on the run or departed for adventur...

Shannon rated it ★★★★☆

December 21, 2012

While I am not typically a fan of short stories, Astray showed me how rich this literary form can be in the hands of an excellent writer. Donoghue's Room was such a good read that I was compelled to give this book a try. I'm so glad I did. (On top of being thankful for the kind librarian who let...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2012

Old newspaper articles, snippets of interest, places visited, all become fodder for these amazing stories by Donoghue. Usually when reading a book of short stories there are always some that are my favorites, some I don't like and some I just don't get, but in this book I really enjoyed them all....

Alena rated it ★★★★☆

November 03, 2012

When I read an author I admire, I often wonder what inspires their stories. Emma Donoghue provides the answers in this wonderful collection of historical fiction shorts about castaways, immigrants and lost souls. Each story contains an afterward referencing her inspiration -- sometimes a newspape...

Sterlingcindysu rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

4.5. I'm a fan of short stories because 1)the writers work just as hard as with a novel but the reader gets all the reward and 2) I tend to read more faster, because "oh, just one more, they're short!" Unlike Anita Brookner or Maeve Binchy, when you read a book from Donoghue it's different each t...

Tara rated it ★★★☆☆

February 18, 2016

I was surprised and a little sad to see this book in my $1 store. I guess even big name writers can end up in these remainder bins. I quickly saw why when I started reading. Love the cover and the concept (historical short stories based on biographical snippets); each story ends with some informa...

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