The Stone Diaries

The Stone Diaries

Paperback Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions

By (author) Carol Shields, Introduction by Penelope Lively

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 269 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 23mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143105507
  • ISBN 13: 9780143105503
  • Edition: 15
  • Edition statement: 15th
  • Sales rank: 68,272

Product description

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.

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Carol Shields (1935-2003) is the author of The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada's Governor General's Award. Her other novels and short-story collections include The Republic of Love, Happenstance, Swann, The Orange Fish, Various Miracles, The Box Garden, and Small Ceremonies (all available from Penguin). Penelope Lively grew up in Egypt but settled in England after the war and took a degree in history at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. She was married to the late Professor Jack Lively, has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren, and lives in Oxfordshire and London.Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. Her novels include Passing On, shortlisted for the 1989 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, City of the Mind, Cleopatra's Sister and Heat Wave.Penelope Lively has also written radio and television scripts and has acted as presenter for a BBC Radio 4 program on children's literature. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.

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? Bittersweet, beautifully written . . . deliciously unclassifiable, blatantly intelligent and subtly subversive . . . "The Stone Diaries" chips away at our most cherished, comforting beliefs about the immutability of facts and fate.? ?"San Francisco Chronicle" ? The Stone Diaries reminds us again why literature matters.? ?"The New York Times"