About the author
Carol Shields' novels include Larry's Party (1997), winner of the 1998 Orange Prize; The Stone Diaries (1993), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Republic of Love (1992); Happenstance (1991); and Mary Swann (1990). Dressing Up for the Carnival, a bestselling collection of short stories, was published in 2000, and a previous collection, Various Miracles, was published in 1994. Born and brought up in Chicago, Carol Shields has lived in Canada since 1957. She was the chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for the second time in 2002 with Unless.