In Dressing Up for the Carnival, Carol Shields distills her characteristic wisdom, elegance, and insouciant humor in twenty-two luminous stories. A wealth of surprises and contrasts, this collection ranges from the lyricism of ""Weather,"" in which a couple's life is thrown into chaos when the National Association of Meteorologists goes on strike, to the swampy sexuality of ""Eros,"" in which a room in a Parisian hotel on the verge of ruin is the catalyst for passion, to the brave confidence of ""A Scarf""-new for this collection-which chronicles the realities of a fledging author's book tour. Playful, graceful, acutely observed, and generous of spirit, these stories will delight her devoted fans and win her new converts as well.
""[Shields is] a witty, whimsical, playful writer...a devious literary chameleon...Each step along the route is a surprise, and each character is a memorable creation whose keys unlock more than anyone may suspect."" The New York Times Book