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Astray by Emma Donoghue
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Sep 20, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 17 to 19, 2014

I was hooked after reading the first story (which, though I’m not absolutely sure is my favorite, might actually be the best). The book is divided into three sections: Departures, In Transit, and Arrivals and Aftermaths. Each story focuses on some aspect of a journey -- mostly the emigrant’s journey, though she manages to explore the universal human aspects of what it means to be “astray” in various ways. The book spans a few centuries and two continents, and each story is also based at least loosely on real historical events and people who actually existed (Donoghue includes brief historical notes at the end of each story, tracing the source of her inspiration). I love the way she humanizes so many different kinds of people, and her ability to write convincingly from so many different voices is brilliant (an aspect of Donoghue’s writing we see in Room as well).

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