Astray (2012) 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… 2012-10-30 Fiction Little, Brown and Company
Book Review

Astray (2012)

STORY STRING This collection of short stories is schizophrenic at times, but still offers cohesion and tales waiting to be told
STORY STRING This collection of short stories is schizophrenic at times, but still offers cohesion and tales waiting to be told
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 30, 2012; Writer: Emma Donoghue; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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+

Originally posted Oct 24, 2012 Published in issue #1231 Nov 02, 2012 Order article reprints