By Stephan Lee
October 26, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Astray

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Novels-in-stories and linked story collections may be in vogue, but this latest compilation from the author of Room is unapologetically schizophrenic, leaping everywhere from Industrial Revolution-era London to Puritan Massachusetts. Still, there’s cohesion in Astray: Themes of wanderlust and displacement help span the continents and centuries, and each story comes with an afterword that explains its historical roots. A few tales plod along like showcases for the author’s research, but others, such as one about Chicago grave robbers in 1876, feel like discoveries, stories that were waiting to be told. B+

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