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The Republic of Love
 
 
Author
Carol Shields.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.05 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781841154671
Pages/Publication Date 366/2006
Daedalus Item Code 22004
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Published just before her Pulitzer Prize winner The Stone Diaries, this "touching, elegantly funny, luscious work of fiction" (NYTBR) from Carol Shields traces the reluctant affair of two older-but-wiser romantics. Fay is a folklorist whose passion for mermaids provides her a sense of continuity with the past. Tom is the host of a late-night radio show, married and divorced three times before his 40th birthday. For these two, falling in love at first sight is at once an immense surprise and the cause of no little trepidation.

"A novel that's so engrossing it makes you want to retire to a squashy sofa until you reach the end. Vividly fresh ... glittering and spangled with fabulous surprises."Sunday Times (London)

"A hymn to the pleasures and pains, the raptures even, of an unspectacular life. Fay discovers that happiness is 'a kind of by-product of existence, and not an end in itself.' This piece of knowledge saves her, Shields suggests, from the watery, ambiguous yearning of the mermaid, 'plaintive, coy,' wordlessly calling out to no one. A simple message, but Shields delivers it with so much grace and so little pretension, that it is impossible not to be enchanted by her voice. She sings with the charm of a true siren. In her hands, we believe, anything can happen."Guardian (London)

 
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