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Astray

Format:  Hardcover,

275 pages

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9780316206297

ISBN-10: 0316206296

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Here are fascinating characters have all gone astray: emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. With rich historical detail, the celebrated author of "Room" goes from puritan Massachusetts to revolutionary New Jersey, antebellum Louisiana to the Toronto highway, lighting up four centuries of wanderings.

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Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9780316206297
ISBN-10: 0316206296
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 275
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.5 x 1.0

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Review by Library Journal (2013-02-15)

Elephant trainers, counterfeiters, prostitutes, and slaves are among the intriguing historical characters who wander the pages of Irish author Donoghue's short stories. Each of the restless characters goes astray in search of love, money, security, or a better life. In a fascinating afterword, Donoghue reveals that the idea for the collection came from her own experiences as an emigrant (she moved from Dublin to England and then to Canada). Each tale is based on an event or person whose story the author unearthed from an old newspaper or archive and is followed by information on some of the research involved. Many of these richly detailed shorts are told in the first person, and the fabulous cadre of narrators (James Langton, Khristine Hvam, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren, and Dion Graham) bring these little gems vividly to life.

Verdict: For all fans of literary or historical fiction.

["Working in a different vein from the wrenching Room, Donoghue has created masterly pieces that show what short fiction can do. Not just for devotees of the form", read the review of the Little, Brown Ac, LJ 6/15/12.-Ed.] - Beth Farrell, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib.

(c). Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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