Shields, Carol Swann

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Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel and shortlisted for the Governor General s Literary Award: Carol Shields s award-winning fourth novel is a literary detective story exploring the surprising afterlife of a murdered poet Who is Mary Swann?In this novel of a writer s revenge, an uneducated farmer s wife delivers a paper bag filled with scraps of her poems to the publisher of a small press. Hours later, she s dead, murdered by her husband. Fifteen years on, her book of one hundred twenty-five poems Mary Swann s sole claim to fame is discovered by an American academic. And a literary odyssey begins.Four narrators Sarah Maloney, a feminist writer; Frederic Cruzzi, an editor; Morton Jimroy, a biographer; and Rose Hindmarch, Mary s only friend all have a stake in the deceased poet s work. Their chorus of voicesopens a fascinating window on what constitutes genius. As the four descend into a quagmire of ego, jealousy, and backstabbing, Mary Swann comes back to life in the minds and hearts of those who love and hate her most. Full of mischief, "Swann"is a novel about life, death, and the ideas that live on after us."

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Carol Shields (1935–2003) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She studied at Hanover College, the University of Exeter in England, and the University of Ottawa. In 1957, she married Donald Shields and moved to Canada permanently. She taught at the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Manitoba, and served as chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. She wrote ten novels and three short story collections, in addition to poetry, plays, criticism, and a biography of Jane Austen. Her novel The Stone Diaries won the Pulitzer Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Shields was further recognized with a Canada Council Major Award, two Canadian National Magazine Awards, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and countless other prizes and honors. 

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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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