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.
Focusing on a range of twentieth-century texts and including relevant twenty-first century writing, Garden Plots explores the ways in which gardens in fiction represent more than just a familiar theme. Bound up with wider aesthetic and ideological issues, gardens, like literary forms, are subject to transformations. The term 'plots' is a keyword in this approach. It refers to garden plots, literary plots, and more generally, the plotting that is political, polemical, and subversive. Each of the six chapters includes four texts that are familiar and representative. Authors include Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Carol Shields, J. M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jamaica Kincaid, and Philip K. Dick.
Chocolate Fudge and Snow Shovels - A Christmas Story
Author: Patrick M. Gary
Category: Family & Relationships
It is 2008 and Buddy, a 62 year old, unattached owner of a bar in South Baltimore, Maryland discovers that he fathered a son in 1966 prior to going to Vietnam. His son and daughter in law are killed in an auto accident, leaving two grandchildren behind. Buddy is contacted and reluctantly takes custody of the grandchildren that he initially did not believe were his. It is a wonderful Christmas story of a man set in his ways, and now must change his lifestyle with help from a friend of the past. The children are poor and never had a real Christmas. This is where Buddy bonds with them as he shares a story of how it was for him as a kid growing up in South Baltimore in the 1950's. Buddy and his brother Tony would shovel snow and sell fudge their mom made so they might have food on the table and a little something for Christmas. It is a story of love, commitment and lasting friendship that spans over 50 years. It is "Boy on the Marble Steps," Chocolate Fudge and Snow Shovels a Christmas Story.
They brought DRACULA to the stage in Stratford and di the same for EMILY in Charlottetown. Now musician Marek Norman and writer Richard Ouzounian have turned their combined talents to Carol Shields’ bestselling novel, LARRY’S PARTY. Included here is an introduction by Richard Ouzounian, the entire play's script and four original songs from the musical.
Award-winning Canadian writer Carol Shields has garnered praise from scholars and an international audience of readers. Inspired by the quality and scope of Shields's work, Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction addresses her creative exploration of postmodernism. As the first thorough examination of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this collection of essays establishes the groundwork for future studies of her oeuvre. The collection begins with a significant new essay from Shields herself, 'Narrative Hunger and the Overflowing Cupboard,' perhaps her most substantial commentary upon her own aims as a writer. In addition, scholars from Canada, England, the United States, and Australia explore the complexity of Shields's work and her contributions to the genre of the novel. These lively essays reflect Shields's verve and her playful approach to today's sophisticated critical thinking. Among the topics are Shields's use of biography and autobiography, metafiction, popular romance, and symbolism. While the essays foreground the unreliability of language, and hence our inability to know one another or even ourselves, the contributors argue that Shields has taken a step beyond postmodernism by suggesting that we can transcend the limitations of its epistemology. Containing several essays on Swann and The Stone Diaries, Shields's most popular works, and the most extensive annotated bibliography available of works by and about Shields, this collection will appeal widely to scholars, students, and readers of Carol Shields and Canadian fiction.
Carol Shields and the Extra-Ordinary begins with a previously unpublished article by Shields. In the essays that follow, international scholars employ a variety of theories and methodologies in their analyses of her work, including narrative theory, cultural criticism, feminist analysis, psychoanalytic approaches, tropological explication, theories of authorship, and ficto-criticism to demonstrate how Shields's writing represents a genuine revision of literary realism in which the ordinary is subject to contemplation and not just celebration.
This book offers a comprehensive reassessment of the work of Carol Shields. Arguing against enduring conceptions of Shields's fiction as celebratory domestic miniaturism, the study presents her work as more expansive and equivocal than has sometimes been recognised, reading her texts as "liminal spaces" situated on a series of formal and thematic borders. Close attention is paid to Shields's stylistic experimentation, to her subversions of auto/biography and historiography, and to the significance of her critical writing, while works which have previously received very little analysis, such as her early poetry collections, are also examined. Intertextual links between Shields's work and that of a range of other writers including Phillip Larkin, Iris Murdoch, Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood are identified and explored, and the study also draws extensively on manuscript materials which give an insight into Shields's working methods and extend debate about her experiments with narrative perspective and genre-mixing.