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Fourth Estate, 2003 - Domestic fiction - 320 pages
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In the spring of Reta Winters' forty-fourth year, all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life disappear in a moment: her eldest daughter Norah suddenly runs from the family and ends up mute and begging on a Toronto street corner. Reta tackles the mystery of her daughter's breakdown.

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The writing is smooth yet jarring in places. - Goodreads
These digressions aren't really digressive, of course. - Goodreads
Reta is a writer with a husband and three children. - Goodreads
Her writing progresses, but for me unconvincingly. - Goodreads

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I once read an article in Geist suggesting that there Canadian novels marketed as 'literary' which are really not literary at all, because for some reason literary novels are attractive to Canadians ... Read full review

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You wouldn't expect it from her, but Carol Shields has written a naughty book. Put your yellow highlighter down: There's no sex, but the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Stone Diaries" is doing ... 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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