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Unless a novel by Carol Shields

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Published by Vintage Canada in Toronto, Canada .
Written in English


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StatementCarol Shields.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPS 8587 H5 U55 2003
The Physical Object
FormatPaperback
Pagination320 p. ;
Number of Pages320
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22134359M
ISBN 100679311807
ISBN 109780679311805
LC Control Number20029034140
OCLC/WorldCa937539393

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Unless, first published by Fourth Estate, an imprint of Harper Collins in , is the final novel by Canadian writer Carol Shields. Semi-autobiographical, it was the capstone to Shields's writing career: she died shortly after its publication in Author: Carol Shields. Jul 19,  · 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/5(). "Unless is her angriest book to date — a study in awakening and the belated loss of innocence." — The Guardian (UK) "Some books come along at just the right time — Erica Jong's 'Fear of Flying', Doris Lessing's 'The Golden Notebook' or Syvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar' come to mind — capturing the exact thoughts and feelings of women at a certain moment in history/5. Mar 17,  · 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.

Unless you're lucky, unless you're healthy, fertile, unless you're loved and fed, unless you're clear about your sexual direction, unless you're offered what others are offered. You go down into darkness, down into despair. Unless provides us with a trap door, a . UNLESS has all three, but the rise and fall of plot is less important than the steady hum of everyday activity. The big event of the book, Norah's "resignation from life," has already happened; the whole point is what it means to go on when everything has been changed by an enormous loss. Unless is written in the first person, and thus the reader becomes intensely involved in the thoughts and feelings of the author's alter ego, Reta Winter. Like Carol Shields, Reta is a successful writer. She is forty-three years old and lives near Orangetown, Ontario. Unless is a semi-autobiographical, critically-acclaimed novel written by American-born Canadian and Pulitzer-prize winning author Carol Shields. It is, in fact, the last book she ever wrote.

Unless is about a writer, Reta Winters, a middle-aged novelist, mother, and translator who lives in a pastoral town just outside Toronto. Reta lives a happy and successful life until her eldest daughter, Norah, suddenly and inexplicably abandons family, boyfriend, and university to sit, cross legged and silent, begging on the northeast corner of Bloor and Bathhurst wearing a sign that reads only . Apr 27,  · Unless could be classified as a novel about a woman writing a novel about a woman who writes. But this would suggest something claustrophobic, which it isn'redleaf-photography.com: Blake Morrison. Book Magazine "If I have any reputation at all it is for being an editor and scholar, and not for producing, to everyone's amazement, a fresh, bright, springtime piece of fiction," or so it was described in Publishers Weekly. That cheeky self-description sums up the protagonist of Shields's latest, the precocious, compassionate and feisty Reta. Despite its provisional title, its hesitant, breath-in-the-throat half-title, Carol Shields' Unless knows its own mind and isn't afraid to speak redleaf-photography.com this, her 10th novel, Shields constructs a tangle of questions. What is goodness? What is it worth? Is there a female goodness, distinct from the male desire for greatness? Shields gives us another writer-narrator to suggest answers – in her.