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The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
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May 16, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 1950-1999, book-club, literature-and-fiction
Read in August, 2007

Like finding a shoebox in the attic.

Here is the life of Daisy presented mostly through narration, but buttressed by letters, tombstones, photographs (which occasionally contradict the narrative), words etched into a Victorian plate, a luncheon menu, Aunt Daisy's Lemon Pudding recipe, to-do lists, a list of books read and a sheet with every address Daisy lived.

People are introduced and explained, summed up, classified. I envy anyone able to boil down other people to an understandable core. Still, such simplification carries its own pitfalls, as the text itself admits. We really can't even keep our own stories straight.

How amazing it would be if a family tree brought even one person into focus as well as Daisy. There aren't too many people who can hope to be long remembered after they pass. Having your lemon pudding recipe live on for awhile would be more than most people are remembered for.

Everything in this book feels true, solid. I really, really like it.
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Honey-Squirrel Nice review, and nice profile pic, too.

message 2: by John (last edited Jan 19, 2014 10:17PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

John hee, thanks. Your picture is twitchingly bewitching as well.

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