Astray
Little Brown
Emma Donoghue
“The Hunt”
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“The Hunt” is from Emma Donoghue’s collection, ASTRAY (Little Brown, 2012).  ASTRAY was shortlisted for the Eason Irish Novel of the Year.  It is a sequence of fourteen fact-inspired stories about travels to, from, and  within North America; “The Hunt” was a finalist in the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Prize, the world’s most valuable award for a single story.

 

Donoghue works in many genre but is best known for her fiction, which has been translated into over forty languages. Her latest novel is FROG MUSIC (2014), a multi-faceted murder mystery set in San Francisco in 1876.  Her novel ROOM (2010) was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prize. Her short stories have been published in Granta, the New Statesman, One Story, the Sunday Express, and elsewhere.

 

Praise for Donoghue:

 

“Reading an Emma Donoghue book is like falling into a deep friendship with an unlikely stranger: a lady of the evening, an cross-dressing frogcatcher, an imprisoned child.  The author’s empathy for outsiders makes for captivating characters; she illustrates the complex inner lives of her creations with a candor that shows humanity at its best and worst.” – Allie Ghaman, The Washington Post (2014)

 

“Donoghue has a gift for place, for setting, for wringing anxiety and drama out of the spaces her characters occupy, as well as for taking real-life events and rendering them realer and sharper.” – East Bay Express (2014)

 

“An uncanny knack for telling an off-putting story in such a way that you can’t stop reading it, that you fall a little bit in love with the characters and the moment in time.” – Seattle Times (2014)

 

“Donoghue is so gifted at depicting the fraught blessing of motherhood.” – Chicago Tribune (2014)

 

“Donoghue’s great strength – apart from her storytelling gift – is her emotional intelligence.” – Irish Independent (2010)

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