The Collected Stories
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 This definitive anthology contains the previously unpublished story "Segue," her last work.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.
'This collection offers a timely reminder of the complexity, subtlety and sheer intelligence of her humane vision. Shield's virtuoso but unflashy skill in handling narrative structure and voice makes it easy to overlook the stories' self-conscious artistry and reflexivity, and they abound with characters who employ second-order creativity to good and bad ends. No one does the gradual dazzle better than Carol Shields.' -- Samantha Matthews, TLS
'Shields understood misdirection; and she always noticed what was really going on. Like Austen - whose biography was one of her last books - she knew the world's surfaces, but she also knew its depths.' --Erica Wagner, The Times
'When you've been reading Carol Shields, you go outside, you listen to a conversation, you think about your own life or a friend's life, and you notice more. And for this she should be thanked'. --Hermione Lee, Guardian