Larry's Party

Larry's Party

by Carol Shields
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Larry's Party by Carol Shields

The San Diego Tribune called The Stone Diaries a "universal study of what makes women tick." With Larry's Party Carol Shields has done the same for men. Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator's perception, irony, and tenderness. Larry's Party gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between 1977 and 1997, that seamlessly flash backward and forward. We follow this young floral designer through two marriages and divorces, and his interactions with his parents, friends, and a son. Throughout, we witness his deepening passion for garden mazes—so like life, with their teasing treachery and promise of reward. Among all the paradoxes and accidents of his existence, Larry moves through the spontaneity of the seventies, the blind enchantment of the eighties, and the lean, mean nineties, completing at last his quiet, stubborn search for self. Larry's odyssey mirrors the male condition at the end of our century with targeted wit, unerring poignancy, and faultless wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140266771
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 672,393
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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).


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth:

June 2, 1935

Date of Death:

July 16, 2003

Place of Birth:

Oak Park, Illinois

Place of Death:

Toronto, Canada


B.A., Hanover College, Indiana; M.A. (English), Ottawa University, 1975

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Larry's Party 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carol Shields is a great writer, and her portrayal here of a the man Larry Weller, who's something of a loser, is insightful. It is true that the story is not filled with action and tension on every page, or even every other page, but I found that refreshing- to follow this man through his life, see how he handled the next crisis that came up, see if he would ever figure out why he was such a loser. I think Shields did an excellant job of capturing the ho-hum-ness of life that we all have to deal with from time to time, some more than others. I think this book is an excellant study on character development, and Ms.Shields is still, in my book, one of the best writers of our time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In order:<p>Before Part 1: Larry res three<br>Part 1: Anine res one<br>Part 2: Arine res one<br>Part 2.5: Arine res two<br>Part 3: Arine res three<br>Parts 4&5: Abine res two<br>Part 6: Abine res three<br>Parts 7&8: Aeine res one<br>Part 9: Coming Soon! Asine res one<br>Part 10: Asine res two<p>This list is updated every five days. It may or may not be up to date. <p>Discover the lies in World of Lies,<br>&bull;&bull;Ana
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book started out EXTREMELY boring (pages and pages about a jacket that larry is wearing).....and stayed that way to the last page! There was NOTHING dramatic, exciting or climactic about the book whatsoever! Sure, tell me a story about an average Joe, but can you give me some sadness or laughter or SOMETHING to make it worth reading? Larry's first wife hires a bulldozer to destroy his precious hedge maze in the backyard....the chapter ends and in the next chapter, he's divorced. WHAT HAPPENED?? WHAT WAS SAID BETWEEN HUSBAND AND WIFE?? Give me something to work with here!!! After the first chapter, i didn't want to read anymore, but i wanted to give it a chance. I considered tossing it out when i was half way through, but I forced myself to finish it, i shouldn't have! This book makes you think that the author was on a deadline to produce another book for her publisher and could come up with nothing to write about! So that's what she did, she wrote a book about........NOTHING!