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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 ...

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Overview

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 lifeā€”from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143105503
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 166,540
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Recommended

    An interesting book covering one woman's life from her unexpected birth in Canada, her subsequent move with her father to Indiana and finally marriage in Toronto. There are huge leaps of time in the book, leaving the reader to wonder what transpired in between and what events and persons influenced her development. The main takeaway from the book is how lack of communication with friends and family can leave a person frustrated and isolated. The book is written in different voices and gives an overview of the changing times and attitudes with respect to women.

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

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    Just ok

    I'm not sure really what to think of this book. The description makes it sound like it is told from Daisy's point of view, but really it is not. It almost like an outsider wrote it that knew everything about Daisy. While I liked the book, I felt next to nothing for Daisy herself. I found those surrounding her to be far more interesting. They gave the story life. Thankfully you get a few clips of the story told from varying viewpoints. I got the most from the letters, etc that are throughout the story. I kept hoping the Daisy would eventually find something to tie her to this world. Most people I think go through life trying to make their mark, something that says they were here long after they're gone. With Daisy it was like she knew she would never been remembered, so why try. She even felt her children and grandchildren would eventually forget about her. She was content to just exist for the moment. It was not depressing, I just felt sorry for her. Still, not a bad story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    Even worse than I expected

    Although well-written, the book drags on for eternity with absolutely irrelevant detail, drowning the chatacters in lore, and ultimately dehumanizing them by equating them to their surroundings. In fact, Shields does a fine job of suggesting that stone, plants, humans, and God are all equal to each other, which strikes me with its profound immaturity and stupidity. Lastly, this novel reeks of feminism - something not unexpected, yet still discrediting. I do not recommend this book to anyone, although, if you're a feminist, knock yourself out. Ta ta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    What a find!!!!!!!!!!!

    My gosh, this book reminds me so much of what happened to my mother and her two (2) siblings, but in the early 20's! I could not put this book down. Ms Shields - this is THE best book I've read in a long time that captured me from the start!!!! I will be searching for prior books written and also look forward to your writing more! I fell in love with 'Daisy' from the start! A marvelous read! Awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    Life goes on

    Im 16 years old and In grade 11 and I loved this book. I read it for a English term paper and I would love to read it again! Its very detailed and long but a wonderful book none the less. Try it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Such a wonderful book

    I have read and reread this book. It is both deep and easy reading at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2003

    Stone Diaries

    Just like any other pulitzer prize winner, this book is unique and takes the reader for a well spent ride through the life of a woman from her birth to her death. How little her family knew her from the narrative of their perspectives after her death. This book made me think of how much more there is to people other than what we see of their lives! Very well-written and fresh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Stone Diaries

    This book is a page turner. I laughed and cried through Daisy's journey through life. What especially impressed me was her family's thoughts on her life expereinces. I recommend this book to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Beautifully written

    Ms. Shields's gift for writing was apparent in this novel. She took an ordinary woman's life and spun it into an extraordinary tale. What a loss to the literary world, that Ms. Sheilds's voice has been silenced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    This one and Evolution

    I've read two awesome books this year. This one and Evolution by Jennifer MacDonald. Check them out whether you buy them or get them at the library.

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