Small Ceremonies

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G.K. Hall, 1996 - Fiction - 279 pages
16 Reviews
Judith Gill's world is shaped by the actions of those around her. As a biographer, she spends her days analyzing the minutiae of past lives. As a mother, she is perplexed by her children's developing lives. As a wife, she struggles to sympathize with and support a man who sometimes acts like a stranger. Her own life recedes, overshadowed by the urge to observe and understand the people she encounters. yet, Judith is revealed to herself: a person with desires, passions, and faults; with instincts that are sometimes right and often wrong. And it is through the very ovservations she can't hlep but make that Judith finds her place in the world: as a translator and celebrant of life's small- and very important- ceremonies.

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User Review  - Candice - Goodreads

Very different tone from the Stone Diaries. Funny and honest examination and observations of her life and decisions as a wife, mother, friend and writer. Enjoyable read. Read full review

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User Review  - Andrea Segura - Goodreads

I call this a quiet book. The story of a brief time in a woman's everyday life. Great writer, good commute book. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
23
Section 3
39
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Carol Shields is a writer and critic who was born on June 2, 1935 in Chicago and grew up in Illinois. Shields resided in Canada, where she was the Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, and a professor at the University of Manitoba. Shields's first novel, Small Ceremonies, was published the week of her 40th birthday. Her other works of fiction include The Orange Fish, Larry's Party, Various Miracles, and The Stone Diaries, which received the Governor's General Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Shields has also been awarded the Canadian Bookseller's Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the CBC Prize for Drama. She died on July 16, 2003.

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