While I’m in LA, I thought I’d share with you a little escape in the form of a book. I picked this one up on a recent trip, in a little local bookstore in Chicago.
Astray by Emma Donoghue
Perhaps my attention span has dwindled since my teenage years, because I have been enjoying short story collections much more recently. I can read an entire story before bed this way, which is satisfying and makes me feel like accomplished something.
So when I saw this collection of fictional narratives, each falling into a category of Departures, In Transit, or Arrivals and Aftermath, it was a no-brainer. Emma Donoghue’s Astray took up residence on my bookshelf.
The stories span centuries of history, each one distinct and founded in some kernel of historical truth. The endpapers to each story share the original sources and real-life characters from which the fictional tales emanate, giving it all a bit of gravitas. Every protagonist is traveling in some sense, but the author applies the term loosely to both physical journeys and emotional travel. In each she wastes no time breathing life into the characters and drawing you into their world through detail and description.
I enjoyed traveling with each of these characters so much, I wish there were more Astray stories to read. As it is I think I’ll pick up another of Emma Donoghue’s acclaimed novels soon because her style of writing has captured my attention so well.
Have you tried short stories before? Any collections to recommend?
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