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Astray (2012)

by Emma Donoghue

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A collection of short stories featuring a cross-section of society including runaways, drifters, gold miners, counterfeiters, attorneys, and slaves from Puritan Massachusetts and revolutionary New Jersey to antebellum Louisiana.
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    The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue (Cariola)
    Cariola: A similar collection of short stories, also based on historical figures, by the same author.
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Short stories are always so hit and miss with me, so some in this collection were more two-star offerings, while others were four-star pieces. So three stars to average it out ;)

My favourites were 'The Lost Seed', 'Snowblind' and 'The Widow's Curse. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
I found that the historical snippet usually contained all that was really interesting in each story. The characters and other details didn't engage me. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | May 5, 2020 |
Fairly short stories, strongly written with biting insight and deep humanity. Only one Vanitas, felt off, as it echoed some other story I'd recently read. ( )
  quondame | Dec 20, 2019 |
Stories of people traveling and making a life in new places under difficult circumstances, based on actual events through history. ( )
  lilibrarian | Jul 17, 2019 |
Great stories based on historical facts. Crisp, moving haunting writing. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
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Tell us underneath what skies,
Upon what coasts of earth we have been cast;
We wander, ignorant of men and places,
And driven by the wind and the vast waves.
-Virgil, The Aeneid,
translated by Allen Mandelbaum (1971)
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Off your tuck this morning, aren't you?
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