Title Profile & Character Information

The Stone Diaries

Annotation
"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 misconnections 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
1994  National Book Critics Circle Awards
1993  Governor Generals Literary Awards
1993  McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award
1995  Pulitzer Prize

Characters
NameGoodwill, Daisy Stone
GenderFemale
TraitCanadian

GenrePsychological
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsWomen
Social customs
Husbands and wives
Self-discovery
SettingIndiana