The Stone Diaries
Carol Shields, 1994
The story centers on the life of Daisy Goodwill, from her birth on the kitchen floor in 1905 till her death in old age. It is a life rich and complete in every way, yet strangely empty—and Daisy remains till the end a mysterious entity, a bit of an enigma. We don't really know who she is, nor I think, does Daisy.
I love this book: the beginning in particular, has the quality of a fable—unforeseen births, stone towers and mystical rainbows. All the while, Shields is having a bit of fun with the form of the memoir—readers get different view points, sometimes "I" and other times an omniscient narrator... who tells us that Daisy is "not always reliable when it comes to the details of her life."
At the novel's heart, shimmering through its luminous prose, is a woman who searches for her own center, the center of the daisy around which the petals of her life revolve. Treat yourself to a wonderful read from a terrific writer.
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