Forty-four-year-old Reta Winters, wife, mother, writer, and translator, is living a happy life until one of her three daughters drops out of university to sit on a downtown street corner silent and cross-legged with a begging bowl in her lap and a placard round her neck that says "Goodness."
The final book from Pulitzer Prize-winner Carol Shields, Unless is a candid and deeply moving novel from one of the twentieth century's most accomplished and beloved authors.
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(Shields herself, in a May 1, 2002, interview on National Public Radio, has said that a different experience --- hearing that one of her daughters had been hit by a car --- was decisive.) Diagnosed in 1998, Shields is now at Stage 4 and, according to a profile in the New York Times Magazine by Ma...Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Unless: A Novel
Summary: Writer and translator Reta Winters is trying to write a sequel to her first novel when she has to come to terms with the fact that one of her daughter has dropped out and is now begging on a street corner.Nov 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Unless: A Novel
Recently Gillian Beer even announced the death of the traditional women’s novel: instead of the masochistic themes of unrequited love, she said at the Hay Festival, ‘women have freed themselves to write more forcefully about much larger networks, wars, families, communities, national change, terr...| Read Full Review of Unless: A Novel
It's one of several chapter headings she uses with a rationale that doesn't come completely into focus until near the end, when, with her usual delicacy, she writes: A life is full of isolated events, but these events, if they are to form a coherent narrative, require odd pieces of language t...| Read Full Review of Unless: A Novel
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