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Small Ceremonies

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9780140251456: Small Ceremonies

The superb first novel from the author of The Stone Diaries, winner of the Governor General's Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Judith Gill is a well-respected biographer who desperately wants to write fiction. When she joins her academic husband on sabbatical in Birmingham, she finds on the shelves of their rented flat the notes of a failed novelist. With considerable guilt, Judith decides to plagiarize one of the ideas and brings it home to Canada to work on. Frustrated by the creative process but determined to be more imaginative, Judith attends writing classes and later discovers that her tutor, suffering from writer's block, has ripped off 'her' idea. Once again, Shields focuses her sharp gaze on the small ceremonies of life in this novel of rare intelligence and wit.

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Judith Gill is writing a biography of a minor Victorian novelist. Judith has also written a novel of her own, but is unhappy with it. Is the plot original – or is it plagiarised? And when she discovers her own novel has just been plundered can she fairly justify the anger she feels? In the perplexing swirl of family life are her husband, who keeps odd balls of wool in a bottom drawer, and her son, who shares his secrets only with a penfriend.

Lacking the certainty of youth and not yet reaping the wisdom of older age, Judith Gill is at the centre of a beautifully realised novel that is tender, funny and insightful.

'Small Ceremonies' is the companion novel to 'The Box Garden'

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