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Mary Swann
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Mary Swann (Paperback)

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`One of the best novels I have read this year. It's deft, funny, poignant, surprising and beautifully shaped.' Margaret Atwood





Mary Swann, a latter-day Emily Dickinson, submitted a paper bag of poems to newspaper editor Frederic Cruzzi mere hours before her husband hacked her to pieces. How could someone who led such a dull, sheltered life produce these works of genius? Four very different people search for the elusive answer.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 04/05/2000 ISBN-13: 9781841154206  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Carol Shields is American born, spent three years in Manchester in the 60s, but now lives in Canada. Married with five children. Her first novel was published in 1990.

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This novel is a murder mystery with a difference. Although the identity of both victim and perpetrator are known from the start, the deeper reality of the crime remains elusive. Who exactly was Mary Swann and why was she killed? Was she really a poetic genius, or were her cryptic jottings on the back of old envelopes simply the way she had of coping with a life of callous deprivation? This haunting novel, inspired by the life of murdered Canadian poet Pat Lowther, is Carol Shields at her finest. Elliptical, engrossing, and as poetical as its subject, this book is a challenging meditation on the nature of writing and the power it has to outgrow and outlive the writer. - Nina

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 17/06/2011

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