Larry's Party

Larry's Party

Book - 1997
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Larry Weller, the son of English immigrants, is brought to Winnipeg while still in his mother's womb. He grows up to become a floral arranger and landscape gardener. As the story opens in 1977, Larry is 26, living at home and dating Dorrie, whom he eventually marries. The story progresses episodically across the next 20 years in a narrative of Larry's life. The unhappy circumstances that led to the Wellers' emigration, the failure of Larry's marriage to Dorrie, the trials of his second marriage, and the development of his career as a landscaper are all described through flashback.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House of Canada, 1997
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHI
Characteristics: ix, 339 p. : ill

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RosiMarling
Sep 21, 2017

Charming and gentle and very human. Carol Shields doesn’t just tell the story, she weaves an intricate tapestry with millions of colourful threads made of words.
Who couldn’t fall in love with Larry Weller?

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 21, 2014

A story full of appealing characters, it relates twenty years in the life of an average, kind, middle class, middle-of-the-road male. Life's questions, choices, and consequences more often seen from a woman's perspective make pleasurable reading as we discover Larry's great passion and consider it as a metaphor of life.

hermlou Feb 19, 2010

Shields takes us through 20 years of Larry's life, quite an ordinary life. He is fascinated by mazes and makes a living designing and building them. The reader can understand his problems, for they are problems of most humans, and Shields describes them with an amusing twist. The best part is the final chapter, at Larry's party, where the conversation touches a lot of topics without anyone following any one of them.

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