- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 30, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009WTRYN6
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In a revealing Afterword, Donoghue says the idea for "Astray" came from her own experience as a two-time emigrant. She moved from her native Dublin to England for higher education, and from England to Canada for love and a family. She knows what it feels like to be a "stray" or "astray," and tells the stories of dozens of characters who are either departing, in transit or arriving at some destination, whether a physical place or a key point in their lives. The 14 stories are divided into those three categories: Departures, In Transit, and Arrivals and Aftermaths.
Each story is based on a historical person or event Donoghue uncovered in some old newspaper or archive. She brings these people and events to life by imagining their backstories and motivations. Many of the stories are told in the first person, and she is particularly adept at inhabiting the characters' psyches and expressing their feelings in the dialects, idioms and cadences of their time, place and culture.
I found "Counting the Days" and "The Lost Seed" especially good. "Counting the Days" is about a family fleeing the Irish famine of the 1840s. It juxtaposes the thoughts of an anxious wife crossing the Atlantic with the struggles of her husband who has gone before and is awaiting her in Quebec. "The Lost Seed" is quite different, a rather unpleasant but powerful tale of self-hatred and hypocrisy in Plymouth Colony in the 1630s.
Although Donoghue has been published since the mid-1990s, I had the pleasure of discovering her work in just the past year and have devoured most of her books. Her range is remarkable. Her novels, short stories, fairy tales and academic volumes are written with a clarity that makes them accessible to all readers. Whether dead serious or light in tone (there are some laugh-out-loud stories and a great piece of erotica in her collection Touchy Subjects), Donoghue never fails to be both entertaining and insightful. Slammerkin is as perfect a novel as has ever been written and is increasingly recognized as a modern classic. Room: A Novel is a thriller with great depth, an epic of survival and a profound ode to motherhood.
In the Afterword to "Astray," Donoghue says that Charles Dickens is her favorite novelist. I'm not surprised. Her prose is actually leaner than his, but in all the essentials she matches the master: great plotting, rich characters and a blazing moral intelligence. All are evident in "Astray."
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