Aug 2015.....used this for the "a book of short stories" category for the Chinook Arch summer reading challenge. I have read a couple of Emma's books before and enjoyed them, and this one didn't disappoint.
Sad and often depressing stories about cholera, smallpox, murder, slavery and unhappy wives.
An excellent collection of short stories. Great style. Very well presented. I would like more.
This is a collection of short stories, most of which take place in the 1700's or 1800's. Donoghue is a master of telling each story in a different voice and style to suite both the time period and personalities of the characters. Each story is a like a pleasant gift and fun to read. The only issue is that each short story is, well, short. It's sometimes hard to become engaged in the story and then have it end. But that's more of a compliment to the author than a criticism. I very much enjoyed this book and give it a rating of A. Highly recommended!
Just ok. Some of the stories were interesting, others not so much. The writing felt flat at times, like it was just on the surface of the story or of a real emotion.
Readers will really enjoy this marvelous collection of uniquely wonderful short stories. These are pages from our past, providing images as strikingly real as nearly freezing to death in the frozen wilderness. We are asked to view the lives of the trainer of Jumbo, the magnificent elephant who claimed the attention of a nation and that of a desperate mother, struggling to locate the daughter she sent west on one of the orphan trains.
Ms. Donoghue writes with compassion and grit, masterfully plunging the reader into the hearts of each character she describes. This is quite an endeavor considering the broad range of subjects and the number of characters involved. Perfect for middle school, high school children and adults who wish to embrace the past.
Taking news stories from decades past, sometimes just a hint of a story, the author weaves a short fiction around each. Striking work.
A wonderful collection, in which the author brings her characters, and their times, vividly to life.
well written, but so gloomy that I didn't really enjoy this book.
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