Novels-in-stories and linked story collections may be in vogue, but this latest compilation from the author of Room is unapologetically schizophrenic, leaping everywhere from Industrial Revolution-era London to Puritan Massachusetts. Still, there’s cohesion in Astray: Themes of wanderlust and displacement help span the continents and centuries, and each story comes with an afterword that explains its historical roots. A few tales plod along like showcases for the author’s research, but others, such as one about Chicago grave robbers in 1876, feel like discoveries, stories that were waiting to be told. B+
STORY STRING This collection of short stories is schizophrenic at times, but still offers cohesion and tales waiting to be told
Genre: Fiction; Author: Emma Donoghue; Status: In Season; Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Posted October 26 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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