Though short stories are not usually my favorite, I found this collection to be delightful. The language of Carol Shields is to be savored; sometimes I read wonderfully descriptive passages over and over. Just the tongue-in-cheek selection "Flatties and Their Various Forms and Uses" makes the book worthwhile!
the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Stone Diaries.
Carol Shields, now living and working in Canada, won a Pulitzer prize for "The Stone Diaries" and the Orange Prize for "Larry's Party."
"Whether she deflates pretensions with a cunning wit, or reveals the complex depths of feeling that enoble humans, Shields is as wise and sympathetic as ever." (Women's Journal)
An irresistable collection of short stories full of contrasts and surprises that revel in the ordinary with a few side trips toward the sublime.
In Dressing Up for the Carnival, Carol Shields distills her characteristic wisdom, elegance, and insouciant humor into twenty-two irresistible stories. A wealth of surprises and contrasts, this collection ranges from the lyricism of "Weather," in which a couple's life is thrown into chaos when the National Association of Meteorologists goes on strike; to the swampy sexuality of "Eros," in which a room in a Parisian hotel on the verge of ruin is the catalyst for passion; to the brave confidence of "A Scarf" -- new for this collection -- which chronicles the realities of a fledging author's book tour. Playful, graceful, acutely observed, and generous of spirit, these stories are Carol Shields at her most accomplished and appealing.
A collection of brilliant stories by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Stone Diaries."
I had a hard time getting into this audiobook and gave up trying after side two of tape 1.
Short Stories. Unabridged selctions from the book. 6 hours on 4 cassettes.