Emma Donoghue Picks 10 Best Short Story Collections
A great short story can feel richer and more powerful than an entire novel, as any reader of Alice Munro or Raymond Carver knows. Emma Donoghue, internationally bestselling author of "Room," is no stranger to the short form: Her new story collection, "Astray," is her fourth. She offers short fiction picks that pack a serious punch.
This sequence about Indians at home and abroad stunned me with its subtle insights and mood shifts.
Call me old-fashioned, but it seems to me that tales like "Gifts of the Magi" or "The Last Leaf" pack more punch than novels 10 times their length.
I first read this in my teens, and I still feel blind panic when I remember the one about the man bricked up alive in a wall.
Everyday life made unforgettable. Conversation as jazz.
Published as a novel but composed of only subtly connected stories, this book is a model for any of us trying to capture the craziness of history.
Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose novels include the Booker Prize finalist "Room" and the bestselling "Slammerkin," as well as "The Sealed Letter," "Landing," "Life Mask," "Hood," and "Stirfry." Her story collections are "Astray," "The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits," "Kissing the Witch," and "Touchy Subjects." She also writes literary history, and plays for stage and radio. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their two small children.