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December 3, 2012

Emma Donoghue: Going Astray

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By Paige Cohen

Emma-Donoghue“I like the oddness of historical events; they’re messier and therefore more startling than whatever I would invent.”

Emma Donoghue is an award-winning and best-selling author of seven novels, five short story collections, and three literary history books, as well as two anthologies of literature ranging from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries.

Her most recent book, Astray (Little, Brown and Company), is a stunning collection of short stories that explores the journeys of characters who “cross countless borders”: overseas, on new lands, and even within their own homes. Spanning four centuries and over ten different settings (“from Puritan Massachusetts to antebellum Louisiana”) these stories celebrate the strange, navigate the unfamiliar, and delve into the complexities of gender, race, love, and law—each through its own unique voice.

Donoghue was born in Dublin in 1969 and is an Irish emigrant herself—first leaving for Cambridge to pursue her PhD, and then later settling in London, Ontario with her partner and their two children. This past week, the celebrated author spoke with the Lambda Literary Review about her new collection, her personal writing process, and how her own travel experiences have affected her most recent work.

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