Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Review: Astray

Astray by Emma Donoghue

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved Emma Donoghue's short story collection Astray. And I found the Afterward to be as entertaining as the stories themselves.

One of the common themes of the stories in Astray is that they are all based on a true event/real people. They are also all quirky, and they explore humanity from a variety of perspectives: female sculptors, gold prospecting in the Yukon, women cowpokes, cross-dressing, domesticated prostitution, emigration dreams... Ms Donoghue explores it all. The fact that these are all based on true historical events makes the characters that much more intriguing.

Ms Donoghue brings her finely-crafted prose and research skills to each story, breathing life into dry newspaper reporting.

Well worth the time to read, and when you are done with Astray you must read Room, Ms Donoghue's amazing novel.

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