October 7, 2012

Astray

cover image of Astray
Emma Donoghue

Donoghue follows up her bestselling, Booker Prize finalist Room (2010) with a new collection of 14 short stories all inspired by actual historical events. The characters in each have all run astray: a vengeful resident of Plymouth Plantation accuses his neighbors of indecency; a wife steals her husband’s fortune and then skips out of 18th-century New York; a woman in Victorian London is forced into prostitution; a slave and his white mistress plot a daring escape during the Civil War. “Working in a different vein from the wrenching Room, Donoghue has created masterly pieces that show what short fiction can do.” (Library Journal).