The Stone Diaries

The Stone Diaries Review

The Stone Diaries is one ordinary woman's story of her journey through life. Born in 1905, Daisy Stone Goodwill drifts through the roles of child, wife, widow, and mother, and finally into her old age. Bewildered by her inability to understand her place in her own life, Daisy attempts to find a way to tell her story within a novel that is itself about the limitations of autobiography. Her life is vivid with incident, and yet she feels a sense of powerlessness. She listens, she observes, and through sheer force of imagination she becomes a witness of her own life: her birth, her death, and the troubling missed connections she discovers between. Daisy's struggle to find a place for herself in her own life is a paradigm of the unsettled decades of our era. A witty and compassionate anatomist of the human heart, Carol Shields has made distinctively her own that place where the domestic collides with the elemental. With irony and humor she weaves the strands of The Stone Diaries together in this, her richest and most poignant novel to date.

Title:The Stone Diaries
Edition Language:English

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  • Tracey

    I love this book. It has been 14 years since I have read it and I still remember clearly what it means to me: Life is long....and in this long life you lead a series of mini-lives. In each "life" you ...

  • Carol

    The Stone Diaries tells the story of Daisy Goodwill Flett's troubled life beginning and ending with sadness and death. There is so much to absorb about the character's in this short novel that I feel ...

  • Sarah

    A breathtaking and thoroughly original novel. I'm completely in awe of the choices Shields made in the shaping of this narrative. The whole is flawlessly cohesive. The parts are poetry unto themselves...

  • Suzanna

    I didn't like this book, but it was mostly because I didn't like the main character and her lack of personal substance. She never, ever, even once, feels any joy, passion, or grief. There is one perio...

  • Fabian

    The type of book others rigorously want to imitate. That is, the elusive "turn of the century all American novel", with myriad glimpses at gorgeous post millennial metafiction. "The Stone Diaries" no ...

  • Grace

    This book won a Pulitizer Prize in 1995, and it was an honor well deserved. I'd never even heard of it, I just picked up up at the Goodwill because the description on the back cover intrigued me, but ...

  • Bam

    #2016-usa-geography-challenge: INDIANA#2016-aty-reading-challenge--week-15: a book set in the past (100 years ago)I seem to have an affinity for novels about women's lives set in the past century. Per...

  • Elizabeth

    It's ironic that I read this book while I was reading Sex and the City. The two novels are as disparate as different planets. One book is a about an ordinary housewife struggling with life's little tr...

  • Sara

    “My mother’s name was Mercy Stone Goodwill.” And so begins what appears at first to be an autobiography of a woman named Daisy but yet as the pages unfold, it becomes something unique, an outsid...

  • Gill

    I've just finished reading this for the second time, the first time being several years ago. The more I read by Carol Shields, the more impressed I am by her writing skills. I think the structure of t...