Unless by Carol Shields audiobook

Unless

By Carol Shields
Read by Joan Allen

HarperAudio
7.22 Hours 1
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For all of her days, Reta Winters has enjoyed the useful monotony of happiness: a loving family, good friends, growing success as a writer of light fiction, novels 'for summertime.' This placid existence cracks open one fearful day when her beloved oldest daughter, Norah, drops out of life to sit on a gritty street corner, silent but for the sign around her neck that reads 'GOODNESS.' Reta's search for what drove her daughter to such a desperate statement turns into an unflinching and surprisingly funny meditation on where we find meaning and hope. Warmth, passion and wisdom come together in Carol Shields' remarkably supple prose. Unless, a harrowing but ultimately consoling story of one family's anguish and healing, proves her mastery of extraordinary fictions about ordinary life.

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Summary

Summary

A 2002 Man Booker Prize Finalist

A 2003 Audie Award Finalist

One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction

A 2002 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

A 2002 Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee

A 2002 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist

A 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Nominee

For all of her days, Reta Winters has enjoyed the useful monotony of happiness: a loving family, good friends, growing success as a writer of light fiction, novels 'for summertime.' This placid existence cracks open one fearful day when her beloved oldest daughter, Norah, drops out of life to sit on a gritty street corner, silent but for the sign around her neck that reads 'GOODNESS.' Reta's search for what drove her daughter to such a desperate statement turns into an unflinching and surprisingly funny meditation on where we find meaning and hope.

Warmth, passion and wisdom come together in Carol Shields' remarkably supple prose. Unless, a harrowing but ultimately consoling story of one family's anguish and healing, proves her mastery of extraordinary fictions about ordinary life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“All novelists worth their fictional salt can create fine characters; Carol Shields creates lives.” New York Times Book Review
“Nothing short of astonishing.” New Yorker
“Some hefty perceptions, fortunately shared with us in this fine novel.” Washington Post Book World
“The icing on the cake is the ending, which introduces a startling but believable twist to the plight of a young woman who, in doing nothing…has claimed everything. The result is a landmark book that constitutes yet another noteworthy addition to Shields's impressive body of work.” Publishers Weekly
“A superb new novel…a graceful coda, an arabesque performed over an abyss.” Time
“A thing of beauty—lucidly written, artfully ordered, riddled with riddles and undergirded with dark layers of philosophical meditations.” Los Angeles Times
“A novel of…assured intelligence and defiant vivacity.” San Francisco Chronicle
Unless succeeds beautifully…Shields [is] an expert at illuminating the complicated dynamics of off-kilter families.” Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Truly, a miracle of language and perception.” Oregonian
“With a poet’s precision, Shields dissects grief and makes coping with bad luck feel like domestic heroism.” People
“Alternately humorous and pithy, this latest by Ms. Shields is a captivating look into the lives and insights of one woman and her family. Thought-provoking is the best way to describe this novel, whose power will stay with the reader well into the future.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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Author

Author Bio: Carol Shields

Author Bio: Carol Shields

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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 7.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English