Search Results: "Carol Shields"


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DRESSING UP FOR THE CARNIVAL by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Celebrating the importance of illusion and accident, Shields's beautifully crafted stories capture her characters' shocked discovery of the gap between imagination and reality—and their ability to find happiness despite this in the 'opening, beckoning, sensuous world.'"
``We cannot live without our illusions,'' muses one of the characters in this exuberant collection, stating a theme that Shields turns to repeatedly in 22 precise, penetrating tales. Read full book review >

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UNLESS by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2002

"The philosophical questions don't emerge with the same brilliance as Shields's portrait of the writer or her modest claim for the importance of a female perspective on tragedy. Still, there's enough here to maintain her claim as one of our most gifted and probing novelists."
From Pulitzer-winning Shields (The Stone Diaries, 1994, etc.), a tale about existential disarray that's spiked with feminist outrage and leavened with womanly wit. Read full book review >

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HAPPENSTANCE by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"They're not the equal of The Stone Diaries; still, the husband and wife, baptized by brief separation, meet, literally, in the middle of the book, and that sensation—of matching the physical object of the book to the story—is worth the price of admission."
Canadian Shields, whose The Stone Diaries (see below), is being released simultaneously with this short pair of midlife- crisis novels, has become prolific and good enough to earn comparison with Margaret Atwood. Read full book review >

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SMALL CEREMONIES by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A welcome and well-deserved second life for a story now almost 20 years old."
The 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner's first novel, originally distributed in the US by McGraw-Hill. Read full book review >

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THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

Shields (The Republic of Love, The Orange Fish, Swan, plus see above) offers epic material in this century-long story of a woman's life told from many points of view. Read full book review >

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VARIOUS MIRACLES by Carol Shields
Released: Jan. 1, 1985

Twenty-one short stories, prose poems, and contemporary fables by Canadian Shields (Small Ceremonies, 1976) that elliptically, and successfully, suggest how mysterious ordinary life can be. Read full book review >

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LARRY'S PARTY by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

A meticulous coming-of-(middle)-age novel by Pulitzer Prize- winner Shields (The Stone Diaries, 1993, etc.), who seems to have mastered the art of understatement without falling into the bottomless pit of obscurity. Read full book review >

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THE REPUBLIC OF LOVE by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Shields again displays a comic touch that is at once satirical and touching: a familiar story given an original treatment and a western Canadian setting."
Canadian Shields (The Orange Soul, Swann, etc.) is mostly a miniaturist, but in this clever, erudite novel she adapts her metaphorical bons mots to a larger landscape, wherein a lovelorn folklorist who studies mermaids and a late-night talk-show host three times divorced find each other. Read full book review >

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COLLECTED STORIES by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2005

"Shields the storyteller is a somewhat lesser writer, but she's always worth reading."
The collected contents of the late (1935-2003) Canadian author's three published story volumes. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE BELL RINGS by Carol Diggory Shields
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Smart and sassy poems and accessible illustrations combine for an engaging, humorous package. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Twenty-two light poems and accompanying illustrations explore what happens after school. Read full book review >