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Harper Perennial
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5.36 X 8.01 X 0.89 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Carol Shields was born in Chicago and lived in Canada for most of her life. She is the author of three short story collections and eight novels, including the Pulitzer Prize -- winning The Stone Diaries and Larry's Party, winner of the Orange Prize.


"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