Mary Swann, a latter-day Emily Dickinson, submitted a paper bag of poems to newspaper editor Frederic Cruzzi mere hours before her husband hacked her to pieces. How could someone who led such a dull, sheltered life produce these works of genius? Four very different people search for the elusive answer.
Closing date: 07/09/2018
'One of the best novels I have read this year. It's deft, funny, poignant, surprising and beautifully shaped.' Margaret Atwood
'Quite excellent. Hers is a name to set beside those of Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.'
Anita Brookner, Spectator
'A funny, compassionate, open-handed novel. A worthy British debut from a fine Canadian author.'
'Formally ingenious and inventive, strikingly evocative of place, of character, of the world of things, capable of both comedy and tenderness, and above all beautifully written.'
'Clearly a work of an experienced and skilful writer. This is not only a first-rate read, it is also sophisticated and ingeniously crafted.'
'A (fictional) Canadian farmer's wife who writes poetry is murdered. But her life and her work are seen completely differently by the four people whose points of view feature here. This is a breathtaking academic detective story that also explores the distortions of biography and memory.' (Kirkus UK)
Publication date: 04/05/2000
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||4th May 2000|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
Carol Shields was born and grew up in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. She was the third child of a sweet-factory manager and a schoolteacher.After Hanover College, Indiana, she won a place on an exchange programme with Exeter University. There she found a more academic atmosphere, in which she thrived, and a Canadian engineering graduate student, whom she subsequently married.Over the next ten years or so she moved around Canada with her husband, had five children, came back to England (Manchester) for three years, and wrote the occasional short story. Age twenty-nine, she wrote seven poems for ...More About Carol Shields