Everything you need to understand or teach The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields.
The Stone Diaries is the fictitious autobiography of Daisy Goodwill, conveyed from Daisy's own point of view somewhere in her future. Daisy is the only child of Cuyler and Mercy Goodwill and was born in Manitoba, Canada in 1905. Mercy Goodwill, an obese woman who does not realize she is pregnant, gives birth to Daisy in her kitchen and dies immediately after. Daisy is taken to Winnipeg, Canada, to be raised by her parents' neighbor, Clarentine Flett, who has left her husband, Magnus, to live with her son, Barker, a professor of botany. When Mrs. Flett dies eleven years later, Daisy is reclaimed by her grieving father, Cuyler, who is on his way to Bloomington, Indiana to accept a job in the limestone industry.
In Bloomington, Daisy's father is quite a successful businessman, and Daisy enjoys an upper-middle class upbringing, a college education, and good girlhood friendships. At age...
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