The Stone Diaries
- Marta, Jan
- Date of entry: Jan-30-1997
The Stone Diaries recount the life of Daisy Goodwill (1905-199? [sic]). "[W]ife, mother, citizen of our century," her son closes the benediction of her memorial service. Yet Daisy is also the orphaned daughter of an orphan--her dramatic birth a turning point for her father, the neighbours--and a social outcast. Daisy becomes a happy child, a lifelong friend, a college graduate, a consummate gardener, a cultivator of stories, a pragmatist, a romantic, a widow twice (once scandalously, once more ordinarily) . . . . In short, the diaries of "Day's Eye" bear witness to the extraordinary lives of seemingly ordinary "citizens."
This novel won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Governor General's Award. First published in the U.S. in 1994 (Viking Penguin).
Penguin: Viking Penguin