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Fourth Estate, 2003 - American fiction - 320 pages
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The dazzling novel from Carol Shields, author of The Stone Diaries, winner of the Pulitzer prize, and Larry's Party, winner of the Orange prize. 'Breathtaking...a masterpiece.' Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail Reta Winters has a loving family, good friends, and growing success as a writer of light fiction. Then her eldest daughter suddenly withdraws from the world, abandoning university to sit on a street corner, wearing a sign that reads only 'goodness'. As Reta seeks the causes of her daughter's retreat, her enquiry turns into an unflinching, often very funny meditation on society and where we find meaning and hope. Unless is a dazzling and daring novel from the undisputed master of extraordinary fictions about so-called 'ordinary' lives.

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User Review  - Jsharp - Goodreads

Interesting to me, but I don't know if it would be for others. It's about literature, disappointment, and finding your purpose on this planet as a woman. Touches on topics likes grief, loneliness, and hopelessness. Read full review

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User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

This may be one of my all-time favorite books. It is about women, loss, philosophical self-questioning, family, art, and goodness (whatever that is). I think the glints of humor that shine through make these sometimes truly disturbing stories palatable. Read full review


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Carol Shields's novels include Larry's Party (1997), winner of the 1998 Orange Prize; The Stone Diaries (1993), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Republic of Love (1992); Happenstance (1991) and Mary Swann (1990). Dressing Up for the Carnival, a bestselling collection of short stories, was published in 2000, and a previous collection, Various Miracles, was published in 1994. Born and brought up in Chicago, Carol Shields has lived in Canada since 1957. She was the Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.

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