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The previously unknown poetic talents of Mary Swann surface only after she is found brutally murdered, leading four unlikely individuals to reconsider their conceptions of her work, the poet, and themselves
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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.From the Back Cover:
"Deft, funny, poignant, surprising, and beautifully shaped."
"A brilliant literary mystery. Read it."
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"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."
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"I am more than happy to have discovered Carol Shields. Her original and incisive voice deserves to be widely heard."
"Written with elaborate grace... an excellent read."
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1990. Paperback. Condition: New. 6th ptg. Seller Inventory # DADAX0140134298