The Republic of Love: A Novel
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Stone Diaries gives us a love story for the ages: the tale of two polar opposites on a rocky road to romanceHe’s a thrice-divorced late-night talk-show host. She’s an unmarried folklorist obsessed with mermaids. He lives for the present. She lives in the... show more
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Stone Diaries gives us a love story for the ages: the tale of two polar opposites on a rocky road to romanceHe’s a thrice-divorced late-night talk-show host. She’s an unmarried folklorist obsessed with mermaids. He lives for the present. She lives in the past. Both are leery of commitment. Neither has ever known lasting love. But when Tom Avery and Fay McLeod meet, it’s love—or at least lust—at first sight. And then fate starts to throw them curveballs.Shifting between Tom and Fay’s stories—from their complicated histories through their present-day angst—The Republic of Lovefeatures delightful secondary characters in the lovers’ friends and families, including Fay’s seemingly happily married parents and her beloved godmother, Onion. As Tom and Fay forge bravely ahead into a romantic minefield, they make startling discoveries about each other and themselves. With her trademark wit and irony, and a deep compassion for her hero and heroine, Carol Shields gives us a celebration of love in all its guises.
Publish date: December 17th 2013
Publisher: Open Road Media
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Canadian Literature
This is not my first Carol Shields’ book, so I had expectations when I read it. I expected vivid descriptions, sharp, ironic dialogue, and a plot that moves along gently in the background. I expected to experience ordinary life through the eyes of a keen observer, and see it elevated to a thing of b...
I plodded through this book as long as I did because I have secretly always wanted to live in Winnipeg. Despite the winters, I think that city and I could have a future together. It's like the one that got away of cities, except maybe, still, someday? So even though I didn't find the prose compellin...