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Astray by Emma Donoghue
  

Astray

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The award-winning author of Room displays her prodigious writing talents in creating a gem of a short story collection that is full of memorable characters. Ann Patchett, Orange prize-winning author of Bel Canto said of Astray ‘There is such a deep and compassionate imagination at work in every story in this collection that Astray feels almost like an act of clairvoyance.'

Fascinating and compelling these short stories are inspired by real life characters and events plucked from four centuries of history.

If you like Emma Donoghue you might also like to read books by Simon Lelic, Eva Hornung and Daniel Clay.

Synopsis

Astray by Emma Donoghue

With the turn of each page, the characters that roam across these pages go astray. They are emigrants, runaways, drifters; gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross borders of race, law, sex, and sanity. They travel for love or money, under duress or incognito. A sequence of fourteen fact-inspired fictions about travels to, in and from North America, Astray offers a past in scattered pieces, a surprising and moving history for restless times.

Reviews

'Time and again, Emma Donoghue writes books that are unlike anything I have ever seen before, and Astray is no exception.'
Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder

'Emma Donoghue is one of the great literary ventriloquists of our time. Her imagination is kaleidoscopic. She steps borders and boundaries with great ease and style. In her hands the centuries dissolve, and then they crystallize back again into powerful words on the page.'
Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin

'Superb ... read this book. It is a gem.'
Sunday Times

'Vivid and moving'
Good Housekeeping

'A pitch-perfect collection of short stories, inspired by real-life characters whose lives have gone awry'
Marie Claire

'Donoghue's affinity for yesteryear's untold tales is charming, and her talent for dialect is hard to overstate ... Each and every one of Donoghue's characters leaves an impression'
TIME

About the Author

Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue was born in Ireland in 1969 and lived in England before moving to Canada. Emma writes fiction (including the bestselling Slammerkin), drama for stage and radio, and literary history; Room is her seventh novel. Some of the places she found her inspiration : Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), feralchildren.com, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006), Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh (1856), John Fowles’s The Collector (1963), Anne Frank’s Diary (1947), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), Terminator 2 : Judgment Day (1991), The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (1966), but above all in conversation with my five-year-old son.

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd May 2013

Author

Emma Donoghue

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www.emmadonoghue.com/

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447209508

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