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Publisher Comments:

At 26, Larry Weller thinks his future lies in flowers. He still lives at home, has a new career as a floral designer, and a girlfriend about whom he is somewhat ambivalent. What Larry is about to discover is that life is never a straightforward path. His girlfriend becomes pregnant. They marry and set off for their honeymoon in England where Larry stumbles upon what will become his greatest passion in life. He takes up the creation and construction of meticulous mazes, which leads him down blind alleys and dead ends, failed marriages and changing expectations. It all comes together in an unforgettable dinner party in this warm and witty coming-of-middle-age novel.

Review:

"The novel glows with Shield's unsentimental optimism and her supple command of a sweetly ironic and graceful prose." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Larry's Party is a book that, page after page, offers a great deal of pleasure....another winner for its author." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Elegant phrasing...evocative imagery...a rare treat." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

Review:

"Shields writes with the rare self-assurance of one who from the first knows where her characters are going and what will become of them once they arrive, and — rarer still — manages not to bend them out of shape along the way." Kirkus REviews

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Carol Shields is the author of ten novels and short-story collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Stone Diaries. She is the Chancellor of the University of Manitoba and lives with her husband, Don, in Winnipeg.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140266771
Author:
Shields, Carol
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Shields, Carol Diggory
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Large type books
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Self-disclosure
Subject:
Landscape architects
Subject:
Self-disclosure -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.60x5.38x.83 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140266771 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The novel glows with Shield's unsentimental optimism and her supple command of a sweetly ironic and graceful prose." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Larry's Party is a book that, page after page, offers a great deal of pleasure....another winner for its author."
"Review" by , "Elegant phrasing...evocative imagery...a rare treat."
"Review" by , "Shields writes with the rare self-assurance of one who from the first knows where her characters are going and what will become of them once they arrive, and — rarer still — manages not to bend them out of shape along the way."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
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