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Larry’s Party – 1998 Winner

Carol Shields

Larry and his naive young wife, Dorrie, spend their honeymoon in England. At Hampton Court Larry discovers a new passion.

Perhaps his ever-growing obsession with mazes may help him find a way through the bewilderment deepening about him as – through twenty years and two failed marriages – he endeavours to understand his own needs. And those of friends, parents, lovers, a growing son.

"Larry's Party delves into many of the themes that reappear in Carol Shields' work and in her conversations – themes of art and words, family, gender, goodness, relationships, ‘the arc of human life’."

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