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Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Author:
    Carol Shields
  • ISBN:
    0060762039
  • ISBN13:
    978-0060762032
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  • Publisher:
    Harper; First Edition edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Pages:
    624 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Short Stories & Anthologies
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  • Rating:
    4.6
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Carol Shields (1935–2003) was born in the United States but became a Canadian citizen in the late 1950s after . Here are five of these stories that will leave you wanting to pore over the entire Collected Stories of Carol Shields – all 608 pages of the volume. Courtesy of Penguin Books.

Carol Shields (1935–2003) was born in the United States but became a Canadian citizen in the late 1950s after marrying a Canadian engineer. She is perhaps best known for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which won the . Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the Governor General’s Award in Canada. It’s the only book to have won both prestigious prizes. Shields is known for her straightforward writing style and for focusing on the everyday interactions and moments of ordinary lives.

Carol Shields's short stories show depths some critics overlooked, says Hermione Le. In the last years of her life, Carol Shields went on working. She published a remarkable novel, Unless, a volume of stories, and a short, sympathetic life of Jane Austen. The biography dealt feelingly with the frustrations, deprivations and solitude of a great woman writer with no literary confidantes and a restrictive family life. The novel gave the story of a woman writer of light novels, whose daughter had run away from home to adopt an extremist life of "goodness" - either of madness or sainthood.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. With the profound maturity and exquisite eye for detail that never failed to capture readers of her prize-winning novels.

Carol Shields died of Breast Cancer three years ago, a sad loss of a gifted, wonderful Canadian writer. Collected Stories features several of the most wonderful stories I have read. Her quirky humor comes to life in this wonderful collection. Though the stories may come across as incredibly mundane because it deals with every day, ordinary people, said stories give a wonderful portrayal of characters you can definitely relate to.

Carol Ann Shields, CC OM FRSC (June 2, 1935 – July 16, 2003) was an American-born Canadian novelist and short story writer. She is best known for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which won the . Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the Governor General's Award in Canada. Shields was born Carol Ann Warner in Oak Park, Illinois. She studied at Hanover College Indiana, where she became a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Collected Stories - Carol Shields. I BEGAN READING CAROL SHIELDS’ BOOKS many years ago, with The Box Garden. In that novel there’s a passage that made me laugh so hard I thought I would do myself an injury.

Shields' Collected Stories proves her writing to be as refined as we knew it to be, but more surprising, daring and . I've read and enjoyed all the collected stories of Carol Shields. She is perhaps more known for her novels, but I think it is in her short fiction where her skill truly shines.

Shields' Collected Stories proves her writing to be as refined as we knew it to be, but more surprising, daring and varied than we may have supposed. These stories reveal an entirely different Shields than those only familiar with a handful of her 10 novels would recognize. The clarity and elegance of her writing is the same in both genres, but in her short fiction, Shields stretches out a bit, often leaving the terrain of realism and leading the reader into the realm of the almost-possible. Her story "Mirrors" won an O. Henry.

Carol Shields She reminds us again why literature matters. Carol Shields was born in Chicago and lived in Canada for most of her life.

She reminds us again why literature matters. With an Introduction by Margaret Atwood. 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.

This Collected Stories means what it says, for everything Shields wrote in this most demanding of forms is included.

In the early stories, she comes perilously close to cuteness, until she remembers to employ her scalpel. In "Fragility", narrated by a loving, unnamed husband, a couple go house-hunting in Vancouver after having lived in Toronto. This Collected Stories means what it says, for everything Shields wrote in this most demanding of forms is included. At the risk of sounding churlish in the face of so much that is pleasurable, I have to record that Shields's forays into parable or whimsy don't have her customary lightness of touch.

The story of a woman dancing on the edge of a difficult life . Ever since her husband left her-seemingly vanishing into thin air-Charleen Forrest has supported herself and her fifteen-year-old son on what she earns as an obscure poet and part-time gofer for an even more obscure scientific journal. Shields' first novel tells the story of Judith Gill, a woman whose world is shaped by the actions of those around her. As a biographer, she spends her days analyzing the minutiae of past lives. The stories collected here offer an entrancing look at some of the various miracles of everyday life, the quirks of chance and coincidence, life's setbacks and improvisations.

For the first time, all of Carol Shields's remarkable short stories are gathered together in one volume. This definitive anthology contains the previously unpublished story "Segue," her last work.

In these stories Carol Shields combines the dazzling virtuosity and wise maturity that won so many readers to her prize-winning novels. With her exquisite eye for detail and her eagerness to explore the most fundamental of relationships and the wildest of coincidences, she illuminates the absurdities and miracles that grace all of our lives.

Playful, charming, acutely observed, and generous of spirit, this collection of stories will delight and enchant readers the world over.


Wenes
I've tried several times to read the work of two of Canada's most celebrated woman writers, Carol Shields and Alice Munro. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but I just don't get the rave reviews. What some hail as understated seems to me simply boring. Both women wrote about ordinary people, usually in relatively ordinary situations. They just never really come off the page for me. They're both good at producing realistic contemporary dialogue. But when I realize that I'm turning each page, thinking, "won't this story EVER end?," it's time for me to give up and move on to more interesting writers.
Ariurin
Carol Shields' strength lies in her ability to craft precise descriptions of moments... Her most interesting stories come from the first 2 vollumes, while the last collection felt more experimental and to me, somewhat less enjoyable. But her prose is always a pleasure to savour...
Faebei
This book was a nice change of pace for me -- the stories were interesting, some haunting, and were a perfect length to read during my lunch break. I am happy that I read it.
Modar
An interesting collection of stories. Some are just description of family gatherings and the history of interactions.
Gralinda
excellent--she is one of the best
Hellmaster
Carol Shields died of Breast Cancer three years ago, a sad loss of a gifted, wonderful Canadian writer. Collected Stories features several of the most wonderful stories I have read. Her quirky humor comes to life in this wonderful collection. Though the stories may come across as incredibly mundane because it deals with every day, ordinary people, said stories give a wonderful portrayal of characters you can definitely relate to. My favorite stories are "Invitations," "Taking the Train," "Pardon," "Segue," "Fuel for the Fire," and "Our Men and Women." This is a large collection of previously released stories and her last effort before she passed away called "Segue." This is a beautiful collection you won't want to miss. I read The Stone Diaries when it first came out eleven years ago and my impression now is the same one I had when I read the aforementioned novel: Carol Shields was a master storyteller.
Dianantrius
The only thing I read by Carol Shields before was the lovely little bio on Jane Austen. So I chose the Collected Short Stories to see what she is all about. I am fascinated. She has this straightforward voice yet likes to also play with your head. Extremely enthralling and delightful. I eat these stories up one after the other like they were fine confections. Never oversweet. Always just the right ingredients of wonder, humour and mystery along with the occassional dash of fantasy. Anyone who has not read Shields should start with this wonderful collection. Immediately!
From a too-early departed Canadian treasure. Shields could turn a phrase, or take her reader from a wink of an eye to a catch in the throat, like no one else. She was a trickster of a storyteller - start you off slow, comfortable and easy - then wham! Off you'd go into a character, or life, that delights and surprises.

The first two lines of "Pardon":
On Friday afternoon Milly stopped at Ernie's Cards 'n' Things to buy a mea culpa card for her father-in-law, whom she had apparently insulted.
"Sorry," Ernie's wife said in her testy way."We're all out."

I love the off-handed humor and grace of the phrase "apparently insulted". This last collection is a departing gift, and should be read accordingly. Each page turned slowly, each paragraph unwrapped and savored, each word read as though it was the last - "part of the bliss they would one day gladly surrender."