Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
National Book Critics Circle Award
Synopses & Reviews
This fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett, captured in Daisy's vivacious yet reflective voice, has been winning over readers since its publication in 1995, when it won the Pulitzer Prize. After a youth marked by sudden death and loss, Daisy escapes into conventionality as a middle-class wife and mother. Years later she becomes a successful garden columnist and experiences the kind of awakening that thousands of her contemporaries in mid-century yearned for but missed in alcoholism, marital infidelity and bridge clubs. The events of Daisy's life, however, are less compelling than her rich, vividly described inner life from her memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death. Shields' sensuous prose and her deft characterizations make this, her sixth novel, her most successful yet.
"A kind of family album made into a work of art." Newsday
"The Stone Diaries reminds us again why literature matters." The New York Times Book Review
"A beautiful, darkly ironic novel of misunderstanding and missed opportunites." Esquire
"Bittersweet, beautifully written...deliciously unclassifiable, blatantly intelligent and subtly subversive." San Francisco Chronicle
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.