The Republic of Love (Paperback)

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The Republic of Love (Paperback)


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With a viewpoint that shifts as crisply as cards in the hands of a blackjack dealer, Carol Shields introduces us to two shell-shocked veterans of the wars of the heart. There's Fay, a folklorist whose passion for mermaids has kept her from focusing on any one man. And right across the street there's Tom, a popular radio talk-show host who has focused a little too intently, having married and divorced three times.

Can Fay believe in lasting love with such a man? Will romantic love conquer all rational expectations? Only Carol Shields could describe so adroitly this couple who fall in love as thoroughly and satisfyingly as any Victorian couple and the modern complications that beset them in this touching and ironic book.
CAROL SHIELDS (1935–2003) is the author of The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada's Governor General's Literary Award. Her other novels and short story collections include The Republic of Love, Happenstance, and Swann. Shields’s work has been translated into 33 languages.
Product Details ISBN: 9780394224176
ISBN-10: 0394224175
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Publication Date: September 20th, 1994
Pages: 384
Language: English
“A touching, elegantly funny, luscious piece of fiction.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Superb. . . . It takes courage for a serious literary novelist to toast love with the exuberance Shields does here.” —Boston Globe