All over town people are putting on their costumes; X slips into his wife
'There are few writers currently at work who display such steely control of their material, such seemingly effortless range and variety.' Alex Clark, Guardian 'Shields is about the best we have, she does not just express what oft was thought; she snags the shadows of those thoughts, the thoughts we did not know we had. The effect -- at once elating and visceral -- feels like a conjurer pulling a handkerchief from your heart.' Daily Telegraph 'Her perceptions are so quick, her style is so acute, that she can tack a breath to the page and skewer a thought on the wing. It is her speciality to isolate moments that, because of some sensuous overkill they possess, remaining distinct in the mind for years, perhaps for a lifetime.' Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times 'It is the breadth of Carol Shields' human sympathy that marks her out as a special writer. That breadth is gloriously evident in Dressing Up for the Carnival. Whether she is playing the clown or offering poignant reflections on the fragility of happiness, Shields writes with a grace and lucidity that few of her contemporaries can match.' Sunday Telegraph
Carol Shields is American born, spent three years in Manchester in the 60s, but now lives in Canada. Married with five children. Her first novel was published in 1990.