Protagonist Daisy Goodwill claims “she would have to rescue [her life] by a primary act of imagination” and then author Carol Shields proceeds to have her tell her life story from birth to death. She speaks in both the first person and (mostly) third person, making it a kind of historical fiction … which is what we all do when you think about it – we project our own ideas into the minds of others as we selectively recall and narrate our own stories. This is a story about identity and self-concept and, as Daisy says, “Life is an endless recruiting of witnesses”. Carol Shields writes with rich language and imagery as she delves into the inner life of Daisy.

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