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Larry's Party (Paperback)

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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 was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1935, and she and her husband moved to Canada in 1957, eventually settling in Winnipeg. A professor of English at universities in Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg, she has published poetry, short stories and novels and has written plays for radio and the theatre. Among her novels are "The Republic of Love" (1992), "Swann: A Mystery" (1987), "The Stone Diaries" (1993), which won both a Governor General's Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and "Larry's Party" (1997). "Flitting Behaviour," a winner in the 1984 CBC Canadian Literary Awards, is included in her collection "Various Miracles" (1985).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140266771
ISBN-10: 0140266771
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 1998
Pages: 339
Language: English