Forty-four-year-old Reta Winters, wife, mother, writer, and translator, is living a happy life until one of her three daughters drops out of university to sit on a downtown street corner silent and cross-legged with a begging bowl in her lap and a placard round her neck that says "Goodness."
The final book from Pulitzer Prize-winner Carol Shields, Unless is a candid and deeply moving novel from one of the twentieth century's most accomplished and beloved authors.
About the Author
Carol Shields was born in Chicago and lived in Canada for most of her life. She is the author of three short story collections and eight novels, including the Pulitzer Prize -- winning The Stone Diaries and Larry’s Party, winner of the Orange Prize.
“A landmark book...yet another noteworthy addition to Shields’s impressive body of work.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A brave, profound, and quirky novel with an undercurrent of the deeply amusing.” — Anita Shreve, author of Sea Glass
“A wonderful, powerful book, written in a style which combines simplicity and elegance. I found it deeply moving.” — Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
“Finely detailed, thoughtful and sometimes even humorous, this book is highly recommended for all fiction collections.” — Library Journal