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Goldminer. Counterfeiter. Slave. Dishwasher. Prostitute. Attorney. Sculptor. Mercenary. Elephant. Corpse.

The colourful, fascinating characters that roam the pages of Emma Donoghue's stories have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They cross other borders too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.

With rich detail, the celebrated author of Room takes us from puritan Massachusetts to the Yukon gold rush, antebellum Louisiana to a 1960s Toronto highway. Astray offers us a surprising and moving history for restless times.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2012
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443410793
Branch Call Number: F DON
Characteristics: x, 275 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 26, 2015

Aug 2015.....used this for the "a book of short stories" category for the Chinook Arch summer reading challenge. I have read a couple of Emma's books before and enjoyed them, and this one didn't disappoint.

Apr 13, 2015

Sad and often depressing stories about cholera, smallpox, murder, slavery and unhappy wives.

Mar 02, 2015

An excellent collection of short stories. Great style. Very well presented. I would like more.

May 21, 2014


Aug 03, 2013

This is a collection of short stories, most of which take place in the 1700's or 1800's. Donoghue is a master of telling each story in a different voice and style to suite both the time period and personalities of the characters. Each story is a like a pleasant gift and fun to read. The only issue is that each short story is, well, short. It's sometimes hard to become engaged in the story and then have it end. But that's more of a compliment to the author than a criticism. I very much enjoyed this book and give it a rating of A. Highly recommended!

Jun 14, 2013

Just ok. Some of the stories were interesting, others not so much. The writing felt flat at times, like it was just on the surface of the story or of a real emotion.

abkeller Feb 23, 2013

Readers will really enjoy this marvelous collection of uniquely wonderful short stories. These are pages from our past, providing images as strikingly real as nearly freezing to death in the frozen wilderness. We are asked to view the lives of the trainer of Jumbo, the magnificent elephant who claimed the attention of a nation and that of a desperate mother, struggling to locate the daughter she sent west on one of the orphan trains.
Ms. Donoghue writes with compassion and grit, masterfully plunging the reader into the hearts of each character she describes. This is quite an endeavor considering the broad range of subjects and the number of characters involved. Perfect for middle school, high school children and adults who wish to embrace the past.

Jan 10, 2013

Taking news stories from decades past, sometimes just a hint of a story, the author weaves a short fiction around each. Striking work.

Jan 07, 2013

A wonderful collection, in which the author brings her characters, and their times, vividly to life.

rowanquincy Dec 05, 2012

well written, but so gloomy that I didn't really enjoy this book.

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