The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

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7 Critic Reviews

An aged woman discovers herself as she reflects upon her life, which spans much of the 20th century.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of its original publication, Carol Shields's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now available in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

One of the most successful and acclaimed novels of our time, this fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life. What transforms this seemingly ordinary tale is the richness of Daisy's vividly described inner life--from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Carol Shields

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Carol Shields is a writer and critic who was born on June 2, 1935 in Chicago and grew up in Illinois. Shields resided in Canada, where she was the Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, and a professor at the University of Manitoba. Shields's first novel, Small Ceremonies, was published the week of her 40th birthday. Her other works of fiction include The Orange Fish, Larry's Party, Various Miracles, and The Stone Diaries, which received the Governor's General Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Shields has also been awarded the Canadian Bookseller's Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the CBC Prize for Drama. She died on July 16, 2003.
 
Published September 26, 2008 by Penguin Classics. 402 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Stone Diaries
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Dec 15 2008

Shields, who began as a miniaturist, has come full bloom with this latest exploration of domestic plenitude and paucity.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Jay Parini on Mar 27 1994

Carol Shields has explored the mysteries of life with abandon, taking unusual risks along the way. "The Stone Diaries" reminds us again why literature matters.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Apr 03 2008

An aged woman discovers herself as she reflects upon her life, which spans much of the 20th century.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Jeruen Dery on Apr 17 2012

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. It was just an ordinary novel about being ordinary.

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The Independent

Good
Reviewed by Lindsay Duguid on Aug 29 2008

Shields is an exceptionally sympathetic and involving novelist but her books are also finely plotted.

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London Review of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Penelope Fitzgerald on Sep 09 2008

The present book is just as readable, but more disconcerting.

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The Cascade

Excellent
Reviewed by Sasha Moedt on Apr 11 2011

Shields’s book, written in a gentle but powerful narrative, following a heartbreakingly real protagonist, is a genuinely good read. 

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