The Republic of Love

( 6 )

Overview

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Stone Diaries gives us a love story for the ages: the tale of two polar opposites on a rocky road to romance

He’s a thrice-divorced late-night talk-show host. She’s an unmarried folklorist obsessed with mermaids. He lives for the present. She lives in the past. Both are leery of commitment. Neither has ever known lasting love. But when Tom Avery and Fay McLeod meet, it’s love—or at least ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (77) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $7.50   
  • Used (75) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$7.50
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(4)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Never read, no black remainder marks, tight binding/spine. Very minor shelf wear, the pages have begun to yellow due to age. Overall, in excellent condition. Kept in a smoke free ... environment. BX7 Read more Show Less

Ships from: Miami, FL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$50.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(164)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
The Republic of Love: A Novel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$2.99
BN.com price
(Save 80%)$14.99 List Price
This digital version does not exactly match the physical book displayed here.

Overview

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Stone Diaries gives us a love story for the ages: the tale of two polar opposites on a rocky road to romance

He’s a thrice-divorced late-night talk-show host. She’s an unmarried folklorist obsessed with mermaids. He lives for the present. She lives in the past. Both are leery of commitment. Neither has ever known lasting love. But when Tom Avery and Fay McLeod meet, it’s love—or at least lust—at first sight. And then fate starts to throw them curveballs.

Shifting between Tom and Fay’s stories—from their complicated histories through their present-day angst—The Republic of Love features delightful secondary characters in the lovers’ friends and families, including Fay’s seemingly happily married parents and her beloved godmother, Onion. As Tom and Fay forge bravely ahead into a romantic minefield, they make startling discoveries about each other and themselves. With her trademark wit and irony, and a deep compassion for her hero and heroine, Carol Shields gives us a celebration of love in all its guises.

The acclaimed author of The Orange Fish and Swann writes a delicious, sophisticated novel of modern romance about a folklorist with a penchant for the past who falls in love with a off-beat, spontaneous disc jockey, who's definitely wrapped up in the present. "A touching, elegantly funny, lucious work of fiction."--New York Times Book Review.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Fay McLeod and Tom Avery are likable souls: kind to their parents, close to friends and co-workers, dedicated to their professions (she's a folklorist, he's a radio talk show host). But thus far both have been unlucky in love. Fay has never married; Tom has married and divorced rather too often. Participating on the periphery of lives of married friends has begun to pall. They finally meet, and it is a coup de foudre for both, but Fay is leaving that night for a month of mermaid research in Europe. Even when she returns, their affair is jeopardized by upheavals in others' lives. Can a woman of letters find happiness with a spokesman for the commonplace? Stay tuned! This is a most satisfying book, with dimensions of character, details of plot, and insights into contemporary life that sustain reader interest throughout. Highly recommended.--Marnie Webb, King Cty. Lib. System, Seattle
From the Publisher

“A touching, elegantly funny, luscious piece of fiction.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Superb. . . . It takes courage for a serious literary novelist to toast love with the exuberance Shields does here.” —The Boston Globe

“A valentine for all seasons . . . delightful, funny, touching . . . romance for grown-ups of either sex.” —Toronto Sun

“Mythical and modern, ironic and moving, exhilarating and melancholy . . . a love-surveying story that is enticingly seductive.” —The Times Literary Supplement

The Boston Globe
Superb ... It takes courage for a serious literary novelist to toast love with the exuberance Shields does here.
- Booklist
Amusing and poignant by turns, this thoroughly engaging novel with superbly drawn characters is an excellent choice for fiction collections.
Sunday Times
A novel that's so engrossing it makes you want to retire to a squashy sofa until you reach the end. Vividly fresh...glittering and spangled with fabulous surprises.
The Milwaukee Journal
In Carol Shields we have a sharp-eyed observer of contemporary behavior, a witty yet forgiving satirist, and an uncommonly elegant stylist. Further, The Republic of Love offers us two enormously likable characters whom readers can root for without reservation.
Northwest Passages: Canadian Literature Online
As The New York Times Book Review wrote of Carol Shields’ best-known novel, 'The Stone Diaries reminds us again why literature matters.' Indeed, in all of Shields’ writings, we are not only reminded of why literature matters but also why individuals and their the day to day lives matter. Shields’ novels, short stories, plays and poems get to the heart of her characters’ inner lives, showing how places, people and relationships make us who we are.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140149906
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Shields

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. 

Biography

Carol Shields's characters are often on the road less traveled, and the trip is never boring. She has written about a folklorist, a poet, a maze designer, a translator, even other writers -- appropriate professions in novels in which characters struggle to find their own paths in life.

Shields often focused on female characters, most notably in The Stone Diaries, her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel documenting the birth, death, and everything in between of Daisy Goodwill. Goodwill's story is told over a century, in various voices, featuring Shields's wry humor and her ability to convey what she has called "the arc of human life."

But don't pigeonhole Shields as a "women's writer." "I have directed a fair amount of energy and rather a lot of rage into that particular corner [of the] problem of men and women, particularly men and women who write and how women's novels are perceived differently from men's," Shields said in a 2001 interview. In 1997's Larry's Party, she swapped genders, writing from the perspective of a male floral designer who discovers a passion for mazes.

Unafraid to experiment with genres, Shields wrote an epistolary novel (A Celibate Season, coauthored with Blanche Howard), a sort of "literary mystery" about the posthumous discovery of a murdered poet's genius (Swann), and short stories (collected in Dressing for the Carnival and other titles). Though she often covered serious topics, she rarely did so without humor. Her novel of mid-life romance, Republic of Love, was called by The New York Times a "touching, elegantly funny, luscious work of fiction," an assessment that could be applied to the bulk of her work.

Shields changed her viewpoint yet again for Unless, but the circumstance was a tragic one. The book, which resurrects the main character from Dressing Up for the Carnival's "A Scarf," was written during the author's battle with breast cancer. "I never want to sound at all mystical about writing,'' she said in a 2002 interview, ''but this book -- it just came out." Though not touching on her own illness, Shields did what she had always done -- took her own questions and lessons, then used them to produce a story that speaks its own truth.

Shields passed away on July 16, 2003; she was 68.

Read More Show Less
    1. Also Known As:
      Carol Ann Warner
    2. Hometown:
      Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 2, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oak Park, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      July 16, 2003
    2. Place of Death:
      Toronto, Canada

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(3)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    A man, a woman and Winnipeg Carol Shields¿ The Republic of Lov

    A man, a woman and Winnipeg


    Carol Shields’ The Republic of Love is a beautifully written examination of that most desired, ecstatic, disappointing, confusing, inexplicable, wonderful, bizarre and devastating experience – romantic love.


    Tom Avery is a 40 year old man who has recently failed at his third marriage. He is a successful night-time DJ on a Winnipeg Radio Station whose audience is often the lovelorn, the lonely, and he smooths the night with chat and music, whilst ‘in real’ his life is rather falling apart. He still yearns to meet ‘the one’


    Fay McLeod is 35, and is about to end her relationship with a man she no longer loves, with whom she has been living for 3 years. She has never married, but has a history of relationships with perfectly credible partners, but she can’t quite commit. She yearns to meet ‘the one’. She is a folklorist in Winnipeg; her speciality is mermaids – mythical creatures who lured the unwary to their deaths by drowning through their seductive siren songs, sending the listener mad. A fairly potent love metaphor.


    We know, as we follow Tom and Fay in alternate chapters, for almost half the book, that at some point they are going to meet and we expect the trajectory of a romance. 


    However, forget moons, Junes, clichés, as there are many ways in which this most enduring of fiction subject matter ‘the love story’ may play out. Particularly when the essence of love is written about by such a warm, tenderly but objectively clear and unsentimental writer as Shields. A writer who can slyly, wryly, - and let’s face it, even truthfully say the following, as expressed by one of her two central characters:


    ‘….love is not, anywhere, taken seriously. It’s not respected. It’s the one thing in the world everyone wants…..but for some reason people are obliged to pretend that love is trifling and foolish.


    Work is important. Living arrangements are important……Even minor shifts of faith or political intention are given a weight that is not accorded love. We turn our heads and pretend it’s not there, the thunderous passions that enter a life and alter its course. Love belongs in an amateur operetta, on the inside of a jokey greeting card…….It’s possible to speak ironically about romance, but no adult with any sense talks about love’s richness and transcendence, that it actually happens, that it’s happening right now, in the last years of our long, hard, lean, bitter and promiscuous century’

    In this book (originally published in 1997) Shield’s other central motif is the interconnectedness of each to other, particularly in a moderately small city – so though Tom and Fay have actually been living in the same area of the city for some years, they have never met. On a ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ map they have several possible routes of finally meeting – Shields draws out tangled, myriad points of connection between different groups and subgroups of people in the city. So Winnipeg itself is a major player in her story


    his was so well crafted; her characters (all) individual, rounded, real. It’s absolutely obvious what the plot is, that is predictable – satisfyingly so, but it is the precision of the journey, Shields’ warmth, humour and accuracy, her ordinary but unique characters, and her careful examination of the day to day mystery of love itself, made this a hugely enjoyable read.
    And, …to the title – Kingdoms imply rank and status, Republics (in theory) RepResent the Will of The People. The Republic is in theory something freely chosen and willed by the majority. However, as we know, Republics may be forced upon the populace, the power may not be vested in the people. Republics may come into being through force and violence, and the people have been unwillingly subdued and subjugated. Shields has given us a title which contains many meanings and layers, some of them contradictory, with meanings both overt and covert

    I was delighted to be offered this as an ARC by Open Road Media, who continue to produce excellent ebook versions of fine writing originally published within the last 50 years. I generally find myself fully appreciating the chance to re-read gems from recent literature, or discover fine writing which passed me by. 


    This book was also turned into a RomCom movie, which i discovered whilst trying to find the visuals with which to adorn this post. This exists in its entirety on YouTube. I have no idea whether it is a worthy adjunct to the book or not, but i will for sure attempt it! Shields' writing certainly holds humour within itself, and I have categorised the book both as Romance and Lighter Hearted Reads - but primarily she falls, to my readerly eye, firmly into the lit-fic territory. Rom-Com if you like - but in the light, barbed, nuanced way of Jane Austen. And the time of her writing inevitably pushes this into the darker, post-Freudian, world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 28, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I was invited to read a free copy of this book, in exchange for

    I was invited to read a free copy of this book, in exchange for a review, via NetGalley. I've read Shields before and wasn't overly fond of The Stone Diaries. This book confirmed what I previously thought.

    The prose is wonderfully written and I enjoy how Shields delivers details. What I don't like is the plot. The first 150-pages, nothing more than character development, bored me senseless and, if I hadn't been asked for a review, I would've given up. The two love interests finally meet on page 167. Then, just as the story begins, the book ends.

    Ironically, the best review for this book is a quote lifted from the book itself: "Just a love story, people say about a book they happen to be reading, to be caught reading."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2000

    Commitment

    Both Faye and Tom have never been able to understand what it is they really wanted out of life. There was always something missing, that is until they found one another. Then they find that being commited is something they have yet to learn. I think its a valuable lesson in life to be able to understand that life itself is a commitment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 24, 2014

    Predictable & Boring

    Very slow and predictable. Didn't care for the characters very much or the writing style. This was read by our book club and not one of us enjoyed the book; some didn't even finish it. BookClubJunkieNY

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 27, 2014

    I did not particularly care for this book and I have liked some

    I did not particularly care for this book and I have liked some of Carol Shields other books.
    The book has love at first sight-I think that is corny and I expected more of Carol Shields.

    While the book has some humor, there is not much plot and what plot there is, is highly predictable.  It takes 150 pages
     into the book for the love story to start.

    There are some short sketches that are funny but I thought the book lacked focus and direction.   I received a free copy from Netgalley
     in exchange for an honest review

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)