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Various Miracles Paperback – 1 Jul 2008


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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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Slyly and perceptively, Carol Shields surveys the whole range of life’s surprises, the quirks of chance and coincidence, the setbacks and improviations. The stories collected here offer an entrancing look at some of the various miracles of everyday life: the housewife who transforms herself into a successful saleswoman; the special intimacy that binds a group of strangers at an evening class; the ideal husband who is really an arrogant bore and the prosaic woman who becomes a poem.

”Carol Shield’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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Short Stories That Feature Small Miracles in Real Time 22 Dec. 2004
By Herbert Hartnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Carol Shields as short story writer lets her imagination ramble and authors a collection that helped her overcome writer's block while working on the novel Swann. She places her characters in a variety of circumstances where they experience those moments when the mirrors of reality align and understanding appears before them. These are not religious miracles, but understanding life, its richness and depth, in real time. Take an hour or two and read Sailors Lost at Sea; Scenes; Fragility; Dolls, Dolls, Dolls, Dolls; and Home. You'll discover Shields's optimism and faith in the ability of everday people to explore and discover.
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