The stone angel

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Playwrights Canada Press, Sep 1, 2002 - Drama - 118 pages
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It is the late 1960s, and Hagar Shipley's days are drawing to an end. In the course of an afternoon, Hagar's life unfolds: her childhood in a small prairie town, her Scottish immigrant father, the tumultuous relationship with her now-estranged husband, her sons, and their partners. Based on the novel by Margaret Lawrence.

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This felt like the literary equivalent of running your fingers over an intricately carved mahogany chest. There was a sensual pleasure, the experience of savoring exquisite craftsmanship, the delight ... Read full review

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I had to push myself through until eventually I found that there were things I could relate to in Hagar. By the end I started to like her and was really rooting for her. Kind of a nasty thing but tough as nails in a way you have to respect. Great character. Read full review


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James W. Nichol is the author of "Midnight Cab", which was short-listed for the UK's prestigious Gold Dagger Award and which won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. He lives in Stratford, Ontario.

Margaret Laurence was born in Neepawa, Manitoba, in 1926. Upon graduation from Winnipeg's United College in 1947, she took a job as a reporter for the "Winnipeg Citizen,"
From 1950 until 1957 Laurence lived in Africa, the first two years in Somalia, the next five in Ghana, where her husband, a civil engineer, was working. She translated Somali poetry and prose during this time, and began her career as a fiction writer with stories set in Africa.
When Laurence returned to Canada in 1957, she settled in Vancouver, where she devoted herself to fiction with a Ghanaian setting: in her first novel, "This Side Jordan," and in her first collection of short fiction, "The Tomorrow-Tamer," Her two years in Somalia were the subject of her memoir, "The Prophet's Camel Bell,"
Separating from her husband in 1962, Laurence moved to England, which became her home for a decade, the time she devoted to the creation of five books about the fictional town of Manawaka, patterned after her birthplace, and its people: "The Stone Angel," "A Jest of God," "The Fire-Dwellers," "A Bird in the House," and "The Diviners,"
Laurence settled in Lakefield, Ontario, in 1974. She complemented her fiction with essays, book reviews, and four children's books. Her many honours include two Governor General's Awards for Fiction and more than a dozen honorary degrees.
Margaret Laurence died in Lakefield, Ontario, in 1987.

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