Unless

Carol Shields (Author)
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"Nothing short of astonishing." -- New Yorker

"A thing of beauty--lucidly written, artfully ordered, riddled with riddles and undergirded with dark layers of philosophical meditations." -- Los Angeles Times

For all of her life, 44 year old Reta Winters has enjoyed the useful monotony of happiness: a loving family, good friends, growing success as a writer of light 'summertime' fiction. But this placid existence is cracked wide open when her beloved eldest daughter, Norah, drops out to sit on a gritty street corner, silent but for the sign around her neck that reads 'GOODNESS.' Reta's search for what drove her daughter to such a desperate statement turns into an unflinching and surprisingly funny meditation on where we find meaning and hope.

The final book from Pulitzer Prize-winner Carol Shields, Unless, is a harrowing but ultimately consoling story of one family's anguish and healing, proving Shields's mastery of extraordinary fictions about ordinary life.

Product Details

Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
January 03, 2006
Pages
320
Dimensions
5.36 X 0.89 X 8.01 inches | 0.69 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780060874407
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About the Author

Carol Shields (1935-2003) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She studied at Hanover College, the University of Exeter in England, and the University of Ottawa. In 1957, she married Donald Shields and moved to Canada permanently. She taught at the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Manitoba, and served as chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. She wrote ten novels and three short story collections, in addition to poetry, plays, criticism, and a biography of Jane Austen. Her novel The Stone Diaries won the Pulitzer Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Shields was further recognized with a Canada Council Major Award, two Canadian National Magazine Awards, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and countless other prizes and honors.

Reviews

"The best of her novels...fearless, smart, funny, beautifully written."--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Relentlessly fine...imagined with style and vigor, melancholoy and wisdom."--San Diego Union-Tribune
"A brave, profound, and quirky novel with an undercurrent of the deeply amusing."--Anita Shreve, author of Sea Glass
"Some hefty perceptions, fortunately shared with us in this fine novel."--Washington Post Book World
"All the trademark Shields delights are robustly present: idiosyncratic plotting; limber prose...deep compassion...tart commentary and irreverent wit."--Orlando Sentinel
"Remarkably subtle and unsettling...one of those books that make you regret that reading is a solitary pleasure."--Christian Science Monitor
"Nothing short of astonishing."--The New Yorker
"Shields's novels and short stories are intensely imagined, humanely generous, beautifully sustained and impeccably detailed."--Publishers Weekly
"With a poet's precision, Shields dissects grief and makes coping with bad luck feel like domestic heroism."--People
"Truly, a miracle of language and perception."--The Oregonian (Portland)
"A raw, subtle, inspiring novel about feminism, femininity, virtue, oppression and motherhood...I was inexpressibly moved by it."--Rachel Cusk, Daily Telegraph (London)
"Finely detailed, thoughtful and sometimes even humorous, this book is highly recommended for all fiction collections."--Library Journal
"Her wisdom and generosity of spirit are visible at every turn."--London Times (Sunday)
"All novelists worth their fictional salt can create fine characters; Carol Shields creates lives. "--New York Times Book Review
"A novel of...assured intelligence and defiant vivacity."--San Francisco Chronicle
"A fine book, poignant, witty, rich in character, vivid in its sense of place...surprisingly suspenseful."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A thing of beauty--lucidly written, artfully ordered, riddled with riddles and undergirded with dark layers of philosophical meditations."--Los Angeles Times
"Closely observed moments create the kind of subtle textures and elegant prose that won Ms. Shields the Pulitzer Prize."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"When Shields is good she is very good. There are nuggets of pure gold in Unless."--Newark Star Ledger
"A wonderful, powerful book, written in a style which combines simplicity and elegance. I found it deeply moving."--Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
"Luminous ... Shields is a consummate master of tone and acute psychological insight."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A fitting farewell from an author revered for her graceful, insightful writing...sparkles with wry humor and elegant irony."--Hartford Courant
"A luminous novel ...Shields writes with clarity, intelligence and generosity, finding meaning in most mundane details of home life."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Marvelously idiosyncratic, passionate and wise, Shields' tenth novel rollicks from beginning to end with sauciness and wit."--Book Magazine
"Unless succeeds beautifully...Shields [is] an expert at illuminating the complicated dynamics of off-kilter families."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Often quietly heartbreaking...often, bitingly humorous."--Kirkus (starred review)
"Entirely satisfying... Shields' voice, tender and moderated at all times, remains wise and very readable."--Houston Chronicle
"An engaging, memorable novel."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A landmark book...yet another noteworthy addition to Shields's impressive body of work."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A superb new novel...a graceful coda, an arabesque performed over an abyss."--Time Magazine