The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

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Stars: *****

This book was read for the Book Awards, 888, Great Canadian Book and Spring Reading Thing 2008 Challenges. This book is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

I really enjoyed this book although it took me a few chapters before I really understood how good a read it was. In case you don’t know, it is a strange book in that it seems to be an autobiography/biography and work of fiction all mixed into one. The people in the book are not real and who is narrating constantly changes.

The chapters are Birth, Childhood, Marriage, Love, Motherhood, Work, Sorrow, Ease, Illness and Decline and Death. Not that it affects the quality of the book but I would have called the second last chapter Illness OR Decline since the other chapter names are one word. Although the chapters seem to be clearly about a certain time of life this is not the case. The childhood chapter starts out when Daisy is 11 but also talks about when she was younger. The chapter on Marriage starts out talking about everything that happened between the end of the Childhood chapter and getting married and THEN talks about marriage. This is not a bad thing and it was always clear when we were talking about, I was never confused.

I can definitely see why this book won the Pulitzer Prize. I’m glad I took the time to read it.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.