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Carol Shield’s tenth book explores the bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and what happens when abstract ideas of how life must be lived are put to the test. It is the story of one mother’s anguish and her search for meaning and hope.


About the Author

Carol Shields

Carol Shields was born in Chicago in 1935. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993 for her novel The Stone Diaries which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Unless was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2002.

In addition to her novel writing she wrote two collections of short stories and a biography of Jane Austen. She won the Orange Prize in 1998 for Larry’s Party. Carol Shields died in 2003 at the age of 68.

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