Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Thursday, July 17, 2003  

"She wrote 10 novels, including The Stone Diaries and Larry's Party, three collections each of short stories and poems and several plays, plus biography and critical studies, and was frequently praised for her masterful depiction of ordinary lives and for her ability to present complex and subtle subject material in a deceptively light, comic manner. Her achievement was to explore everyday triumphs and tragedies in a way that seemed anything but pedestrian, bringing to the task a wit and quiet acerbity that continually cast light on the business of making lives into stories, both in and outside of books."

- From the UK Guardian obituary of the American-Canadian author Carol Shields, who passed away yesterday.

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