The Stone Diaries
First Canadian edition
|Cover artist||Andrea Pinnington (design); David Purdie (photography)|
|Publisher||Random House of Canada|
It is the fictional autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary woman whose life is marked by death and loss from the beginning, when her mother dies during childbirth. Through marriage and motherhood, Daisy struggles to find contentment, never truly understanding her life's true purpose.
Awards and nominations
The Stone Diaries, Shields' best-known novel, won the 1993 Governor General's Award for English language fiction in Canada and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the United States. It is currently the only novel to have won both awards. Being an American-born naturalized Canadian, Shields was eligible for both awards. It also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.
- Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory. City of Bloomington Interim Report. Bloomington: City of Bloomington, 2004-04, 90.
- Men and Women, Forever Misaligned: Review by the NYTimes
- Randomhouse.ca page on the novel
- Photos of the first edition of The Stone Diaries
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