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By Emma Donoghue; Donoghue

Little Brown and Company, Paperback, 9780316206280, 306pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2013


A trainer coaxes his beloved elephant onto a ship carrying him to a life of fame. A mother searches for her baby girl, sent away on a train headed west. A teenage soldier wrestles with his conscience far from home.

The fascinating characters who roam the pages of Emma Donoghue's stories have all gone astray. They are emigrants, runaways, drifters, gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross countless borders. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.

The celebrated author of Room transports us from Puritan Massachusetts to Revolutionary-era New Jersey, from antebellum Louisiana to a highway in Toronto, lighting up four centuries of wanderings that have profound echoes in the present and offering us a moving meditation on restless times.

About the Author
Born in Dublin, in 1969, Emma Donoghue is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction-including Slammerkin, Life Mask, The Sealed Letter, Astray, and Frog Music-as well as literary history and drama for stage, radio, and screen. Room has sold over a million copies worldwide. It was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General s Literary Award, and the Orange Prize for Fiction; and the winner of the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year, the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean region). She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner, son, and daughter. Visit her online, at, on Twitter @EDonoghueWriter, or become a fan on Facebook.

Denis Donoghue is the author of many books on literature, including "Connoisseurs of Chaos, Emily Dickinson, The Ordinary Universe, The Sovereign Ghost", and "We Irish".