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The Stone Angel

by Margaret Laurence, afterword by Adele Wiseman

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list price: $14.95
category: Fiction
published: Oct 1988
ISBN:9780771099892
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In her best-loved novel, The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence introduces Hagar Shipley, one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction. Stubborn, querulous, self-reliant – and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her – Hagar Shipley makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence.

As her story unfolds, we are drawn into her past. We meet Hagar as a young girl growing up in a black prairie town; as the wife of a virile but unsuccessful farmer with whom her marriage was stormy; as a mother who dominates her younger son; and, finally, as an old woman isolated by an uncompromising pride and by the stern virtues she has inherited from her pioneer ancestors.

Vivid, evocative, moving, The Stone Angel celebrates the triumph of the spirit, and reveals Margaret Laurence at the height of her powers as a writer of extraordinary craft and profound insight into the workings of the human heart.

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Margaret Laurence

MARGARET LAURENCE was the author of many classic works of fiction, and twice won the Governor General's Award.
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Adele Wiseman

MARGARET LAURENCE was the author of many classic works of fiction, and twice won the Governor General's Award.
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Contributor Notes

Margaret Laurence was born in Neepawa, Manitoba, in 1926. Upon graduation from Winnipeg’s United College in 1947, she took a job as a reporter for the Winnipeg Citizen.

From 1950 until 1957 Laurence lived in Africa, the first two years in Somalia, the next five in Ghana, where her husband, a civil engineer, was working. She translated Somali poetry and prose during this time, and began her career as a fiction writer with stories set in Africa.

When Laurence returned to Canada in 1957, she settled in Vancouver, where she devoted herself to fiction with a Ghanaian setting: in her first novel, This Side Jordan, and in her first collection of short fiction, The Tomorrow-Tamer. Her two years in Somalia were the subject of her memoir, The Prophet’s Camel Bell.

Separating from her husband in 1962, Laurence moved to England, which became her home for a decade, the time she devoted to the creation of five books about the fictional town of Manawaka, patterned after her birthplace, and its people: The Stone Angel, A Jest of God, The Fire-Dwellers, A Bird in the House, and The Diviners.

Laurence settled in Lakefield, Ontario, in 1974. She complemented her fiction with essays, book reviews, and four children’s books. Her many honours include two Governor General’s Awards for Fiction and more than a dozen honorary degrees.

Margaret Laurence died in Lakefield, Ontario, in 1987.

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“One of the most convincing – and the most touching – portraits of an unregenerate sinner.”
Time

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Whirlwind of Life

Story is told from Hagar's perspective when she is 90 years of age and is reflecting back on situations of her growing up with two older brothers a single Scottish father in Manakawa, Manitoba at the turn of the century. She tells of her childhood and relationship with her family and friends. Later, to the storms of her marriage to Brampton Shipley and her raisings of her sons, Marvin and John. While dealing with the death of her mother, brother, father, son and husband. All the while, she is determined not to go into a nursing home and runaway to old fishing village to avoid Marvin and Doris's decision for her future care. She meets some intriguing characters in a hospital in her adventures, before it all comes to an end

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