Various Miracles (King Penguin)

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9780140118377: Various Miracles (King Penguin)

The stories collected here offer an entrancing look at some of the various miracles of everyday life, the quirks of chance and coincidence, life's setbacks and improvisations. Carol Shields deftly draws us into the lives of a broad range of sharply observed characters, from the brilliant young violinist smothered by an overprotective family, to the elderly widow mowing her lawn while a long, passionate life buzzes around in her memory.

Blending wit and compassion, Shields illuminates moments when ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances, declarations of love and revelations that transform their lives. Sharp, skeptical and sympathetic, this collection presents Shields at her inimitable best in twenty-one miracles of the storyteller's art.

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A collection of short stories by the author of "The Stone Diaries" which was a runner up for the 1993 Booker Prize. In these stories Carol Shields illuminates the moments when ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances - wild coincidences, declarations of love, startling revelations.

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‘Carol Shelds’s short stories are full of sentences you could almost sing… [her] sentences transmute base metal into gold.’
Independent

‘Shields’s stories are spiked by moments of supernatural transcendence.’
Victoria Glendinning

‘Shields’s outlines of lives, witty and generous, are alive with a fragile incandescence.’
Independent on Sunday

‘Carol Shields manages in a particularly original way to turn water into wine, transfiguring the mundane with meaning.’
The Times

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