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Larry's Party - Carol Shields

Larry's Party

By: Carol Shields

Paperback | 1 January 2006

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Larry and his naive young wife, Dorrie, spend their honeymoon in England. In the ordered riotousness of Hampton Court's maze, Larry discovers the passion of his life. Perhaps his ever-growing obsession with mazes may help him find a way through the bewilderment deepening about him as through twenty years and two failed marriages - he endeavours to understand his own needs. And those of parents, friends, lovers, a growing son.

A writer of miraculous grace, and an unrivalled observer of 'ordinary' men and women in all their extraordinary variety and vulnerability, Carol Shields has already produced some of the most remarkable fiction of our times.

In Larry's Party Carol Shields presents an ironic odyssey through the life of modern man, from the late seventies to 1997. The mundane is made magnificent by a perception which finds the drama in life's detail - poignant, peculiar or simply absurd.

Wisdom, humour and tenderness combine to make Larry's Party Carol Shields' most searching and touching novel yet.
Industry Reviews
Good hearted well-meaningness emanates from Larry Weller more by luck than judgement but his life of late has increasingly come to resemble the mazes that he designs for a living. An enthusiasm begun when honeymooning with his first wife after a visit to Hampton Court, has acted thereafter as a metaphor for his own life - both imposing order and boxing him in. Larry's Party won The Orange Prize in 1998 (Kirkus UK)