Astray - Emma Donoghue Not being a huge short story fan I started this book with a little bit of trepidation, especially after having loved “Room” so much. But, despite the format, I enjoyed this book very much. Each story is a vignette taken from history, a newspaper article, a well known legend or a footnote from another source and Ms. Donoghue brings the characters to life. Taking the reader on a trip through different time periods and across North America we get a little taste of everything; love, crime, despair, happiness, laughter and tears. Whether writing with humour, drama or poignancy Ms. Donoghue does it extremely well.

When I was deciding whether or not to pick up this book I read some on line reviews where one reviewer suggested reading the “afterword” first. I didn’t do that but I agree with that reviewer, I wish I had. If you read this all in one sitting or if you read it in bits and pieces between other books it is definitely a book you will want to pick up.