Shields Carol : Swann (King Penguin)

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9780140134292: Shields Carol : Swann (King Penguin)

A stunning special edition hardcover of Carol Shields's award-winning and critically acclaimed "literary mystery," first published in 1987.

Swann is the story of four individuals who become entwined in the life of Mary Swann, a rural Canadian poet whose authentic and unique voice is discovered only hours before her husband hacks her to pieces.

Who is Mary Swann? And how could she have produced these works of genius in almost complete isolation? Mysteriously, all traces of Swann's existence--her notebook, the first draft of her work, even her photograph--gradually vanish as the characters in this engrossing novel become caught up in their own concepts of who Mary Swann was.

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Mary Swann, a latter-day Emily Dickinson, submitted a bag full of poems to newspaper editor hours before her husband hacked her to pieces. How could someone who lived such a dull, sheltered life produce these works of genius? Four very different people search for the elusive answer.

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"Deft, funny, poignant, surprising, and beautifully shaped."
MARGARET ATWOOD

"A brilliant literary mystery. Read it."
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"A very good novel, alive in every sense: formally ingenious and inventive, strikingly evocative of place, of character, of the world of things, capable of both comedy and tenderness, and above all beautifully written."
LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

"I am more than happy to have discovered Carol Shields. Her original and incisive voice deserves to be widely heard."
ANITA BROOKNER

"Written with elaborate grace… an excellent read."
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