Individual Author Record
Name: Carol ShieldsPen Name: Carol Ann Shields Genre: Born: June 2, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionShields was born in Oak Park.
Biographical and Professional InformationCarol Shields was a novelist, short story writer, playwright and editor. She is best known for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which won the U.S. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Governor General's Award in Canada. It is the only book to win both awards. She moved to Canada after marrying and later became a Canadian citizen. Shields taught at the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba and served as chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.
- Small Ceremonies, 1976
- The Box Garden, McGraw, 1977
- Happenstance, McGraw, 1980
- A Fairly Conventional Woman, Macmillan, 1982
- Various Miracles, Penguin, 1985
- Swann, A Mystery, Viking , 1987
- The Orange Fish, Random House, 1989
- Departures and Arrivals, Blizzard, 1990
- The Republic of Love, Viking, 1992
- The Stone Diaries, Penguin, 1993
- Coming to Canada, Carleton University Press, 1992
- A Celibate Season, Penguin, 1999,
- Dressing Up for the Carnival, 2000
- Unless, Fourth Estate, 2002
- Collected Stories of Carol Shields, 2005
Titles At Your Library
The Box Garden
ISBN: 0140251367 Penguin Books. 1996 The Box Garden
Happenstance: Two Novels in One About a Marriage in Transition
ISBN: 0140179518 Penguin Books. 1994 Portrays the changes in a marriage, involving new evaluations of friends, family, career associates, and particularly the partners themselves, when the loving wife goes away for a short time and the happily married husband has a mid-life crisis
The Orange Fish
ISBN: 0140152822 Penguin Books. 1992 In each of these twelve tales Carol Shields exhibits her extraordinary ability to find meaning and mystery in the chaos of ordinary life. In the title story, an unhappily married couple find their print of an orange fish brings them newfound harmony as they join other owner of the print who gather to extol the miraculous powers of “fishness.” “Chemistry” describes a group of young musicians drawn briefly into an impenetrable circle of love. And in “Hazel,” a middle-aged woman finally comes into her own as a sales rep for a line of kitchen products. The Orange Fish is a collection full of wit and compassion, a series of stories to be read and reread and savored.
Republic of Love Film Tie in
ISBN: 0007166753 Gardners Books. 2010 '"The Republic of Love" marries a wide diversity of elements, mythical and modern, ironic and moving, exhilarating and melancholy!a love-surveying story that is enticingly seductive.' Times Literary Supplement '"The Republic of Love" is a hymn to the pleasures and pains, the raptures even of an unspectacular life. Fay discovers that happiness is "a kind of by-product of existence, and not an end in itself". This piece of knowledge saves her, Shields suggests, from the watery, ambiguous yearning of the mermaid, "plaintive, coy", wordlessly calling out to no one. A simple message, but Shields delivers it with so much grace and so little pretension, that it is impossible not to be enchanted by her voice. She sings with the charm of a true siren. In her hands, we believe, anything can happen.' Guardian 'A novel that's so engrossing it makes you want to retire to a squashy sofa until you reach the end. Vividly fresh!glittering and spangled with fabulous surprises.' Sunday Times
ISBN: 0140238344 Penguin Putnam~trade. 1997 How can one define a life lived? If we had a chance to have our life story written, and then told through the eyes of those who were closest to us, what would they say about us, and more interestingly, how accurate would they be in truly understanding the inner nuances that make each of us tick? In "The Stone Diaries," Carol Shields attempts to chronicle the life of Daisy Goodwill. It is a life first told through the eyes of Daisy, and then through the eyes of those who presumably knew her best: her friends, children and relatives. What is extraordinary about this book, is that one can look at a life lived in so many ways. Was Daisy Goodwill's life uneventful, lacking the excitement and freedom of her more worldly friends? Or was it a full, rich life? Only the reader can make this determination. But what is fascinating about "The Stone Diaries" is how the determination of the value of Daisy's life is so different, depending on the perspective that is taken. How much do we really know those people who we love the most? How well do we really know each other? This is a fascinating read, particularly for women who are living their life in full however unfascinating and uneventful that may seem. ---Amazon Reviews
A Celibate Season
ISBN: 0140275118 Penguin Books. 1999 For Jocelyn and Charles, the demands of family and career mean a ten-month separation, during which they decide to communicate with one another by writing letters. Each finds this intimate and exhilarating, as they are able to reveal things that would never be spoken aloud. Yet as the months pass, their letters depict two very distinct views of their time apart and of their marriage. As the separation begins to unravel the threads that bind their marriage together, we bear witness to the evolution and eventually the breakdown of communication. For their "season of celibacy," as they originally joked, is proving to be more of a challenge than either had ever imagined, one that tests the strength of their marriage and their commitment to one another.
Unless: A Novel
ISBN: B00029ZWQG Harper Perennial. 2003
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.