Dressing Up for the Carnival

Dressing Up for the Carnival

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In Dressing Up for the Carnival, Carol Shields distills her characteristic wisdom, elegance, and insouciant humor in twenty-two luminous 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 will delight her devoted fans and win her new converts as well.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0141001917
  • 9780141001913
  • 611,905

About Carol Shields

Carol Shields (1935-2003) is the author of The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada's Governor General's Award. Her other novels and short-story collections include The Republic of Love, Happenstance, Swann, The Orange Fish, Various Miracles, The Box Garden, and Small Ceremonies (all available from Penguin).
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Review quote

"[Shields is] a witty, whimsical, playful writer...a devious literary chameleon...Each step along the route is a surprise, and each character is a memorable creation whose keys unlock more than anyone may suspect." The New York Times Book
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Table of contents

Dressing Up for the CarnivalDressing Up for the Carnival
A Scarf
Flatties: Their Various Forms and Uses
Dying for Love
The Harp
Our Men and Women
New Music
Soup du Jour
Death of an Artist
The Next Best Kiss
Dressing Down
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Rating details

496 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 15% (72)
4 36% (179)
3 39% (191)
2 9% (45)
1 2% (9)
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