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ISBN: 0316206296

Title: Astray

Author: Emma Donoghue

KDL Description:

These 14 stories use historical vignettes from Britain and the US as a starting point to explore what it feels like to be set adrift in a different culture, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
–Helen Kay at KDL’s Spencer Township branch

Amazon Description:

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

With rich historical detail, the celebrated author of Room takes us from puritan Massachusetts to revolutionary New Jersey, antebellum Louisiana to the Toronto highway, lighting up four centuries of wanderings that have profound echoes in the present. Astray offers us a surprising and moving history for restless times.