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The Stone Diaries
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Carol Shields is an internationally known author who has won many awards for her novels and short stories. "The Stone Diaries" was the winner of the 1993 Governor General's Award for Fiction, the McNally Robinson Award for Manitoba Book of the Year and was also short-listed for the Booker Prize. Shields has also been chosen as the Canadian Bookseller Association's Author of the Year. Her other books include: "Happenstance, The Republic of Love, The Orange Fish, Small Ceremonies, Swann, Various Miracles" and "The Box Garden." She lives and writes in Winnipeg.

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Behind Shields's Pulitzer Prize-winning best seller lies an unusual novel of great power. The story chronicles and celebrates the life of a fictional everywoman, Daisy Goodwill Plett, born in 1905 and living into the 1990s. Lack of chronology permits a third-person narrative to elevate incidents into historical events. For example, the fetus describes mother's world before its birth, traces father's family as he walks home, and more. We probe Daisy's psyche through her thoughts and those of elders, friends, spouses, children, and grandchildren, who leave and enter her life, which we experience from a dramatic birth to a chilling death. Alyssa Bresnahan's vibrant narration complements the author's skillful tribute to an ordinary life. This recording will enhance every collection.-James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.

Any performer has her work cut out for her when a novel takes place in several settings with inhabitants possessing distinctive regional accents. Shield's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel takes the listener from the plains of central Canada to Bloomington, Ind., and the Orkney Islands. Botsford is an excellent performer with a smooth and easy-to-listen-to reading voice, but she doesn't have a gift for imitating linguistic variations. The women of Daisy's Bloomington circle have Southern lilts worthy of Gone with the Wind. Readers would expect the voices of this coterie to age as Daisy does, but no accommodation is made for this possibility. Within each locale the voices are quite distinct, though the voice of Daisy, the center of the novel, stands out least of all, appropriately enough, for in this work we see her life through the eyes of others. This is an important and deft novel and it's about time that it was recorded, even in this overly abridged version. Shields's writing still makes this worth a listen. Available as a Penguin paperback. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"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." --"The New York Times Book Review "."..Shields's storytelling is at its most ambitious and compelling." --"The Toronto Star ""A beautiful, darkly ironic novel of misunderstanding and missed opportunites." --"Esquire " "A wise and unusual novel that makes the ordinary extraordinary...Shields reveals the mysteries of love, culture and spirituality shimmering beneath the surface of a quiet woman's life." --"Elle" " 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." -- "The New York Times Book Review "" ...Shields's storytelling is at its most ambitious and compelling." -- "The Toronto Star "" A beautiful, darkly ironic novel of misunderstanding and missed opportunites." -- "Esquire " " A wise and unusual novel that makes the ordinary extraordinary...Shields reveals the mysteries of love, culture and spirituality shimmering beneath the surface of a quiet woman's life." -- "Elle"

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