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Carol Shields

Unless

Carol Shields Unless
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Forty-four-year-old Reta Winters, wife, mother, writer, and translator, is living a happy life until one of her three daughters drops out of university to sit on a downtown street corner silent and cross-legged with a begging bowl in her lap and a placard round her neck that says "Goodness."

The final book from Pulitzer Prize-winner Carol Shields, Unless is a candid and deeply moving novel from one of the twentieth century's most accomplished and beloved authors.

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“A brave, profound, and quirky novel with an undercurrent of the deeply amusing.”

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“A fine book, poignant, witty, rich in character, vivid in its sense of place...surprisingly suspenseful.”

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“A fitting farewell from an author revered for her graceful, insightful writing...sparkles with wry humor and elegant irony.”

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“A landmark book...yet another noteworthy addition to Shields’s impressive body of work.”

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“A luminous novel ...Shields writes with clarity, intelligence and generosity, finding meaning in most mundane details of home life.”

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“A novel of...assured intelligence and defiant vivacity.”

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“A raw, subtle, inspiring novel about feminism, femininity, virtue, oppression and motherhood...I was inexpressibly moved by it.”

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“A superb new novel...a graceful coda, an arabesque performed over an abyss.”

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“A thing of beauty—lucidly written, artfully ordered, riddled with riddles and undergirded with dark layers of philosophical meditations.”

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“A wonderful, powerful book, written in a style which combines simplicity and elegance. I found it deeply moving.”

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“All novelists worth their fictional salt can create fine characters; Carol Shields creates lives. ”

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“All the trademark Shields delights are robustly present: idiosyncratic plotting; limber prose...deep compassion...tart commentary and irreverent wit.”

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“An engaging, memorable novel.”

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“Closely observed moments create the kind of subtle textures and elegant prose that won Ms. Shields the Pulitzer Prize.”

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“Entirely satisfying… Shields’ voice, tender and moderated at all times, remains wise and very readable.”

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“Finely detailed, thoughtful and sometimes even humorous, this book is highly recommended for all fiction collections.”

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“Her wisdom and generosity of spirit are visible at every turn.”

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“Luminous ... Shields is a consummate master of tone and acute psychological insight.”

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“Marvelously idiosyncratic, passionate and wise, Shields’ tenth novel rollicks from beginning to end with sauciness and wit.”

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“Nothing short of astonishing.”

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“Often quietly heartbreaking...often, bitingly humorous.”

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“Relentlessly fine...imagined with style and vigor, melancholoy and wisdom.”

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“Remarkably subtle and unsettling...one of those books that make you regret that reading is a solitary pleasure.”

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“Shields’s novels and short stories are intensely imagined, humanely generous, beautifully sustained and impeccably detailed.”

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“Some hefty perceptions“With a poet’s precision, Shields dissects grief and makes coping with bad luck feel like domestic heroism.”


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