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"As rich and diverse and subtle as the most textured piece of literature, a logical and lovely reflection of its extraordinary subject." — Ottawa Citizen (2013-01-11)

"Smart, honest, insightful." — Joel Yanofsky, Montreal Gazette (2013-01-11)

"Insight into a gifted writer and remarkable human being." — Victoria Times-Colonist (2013-01-11)


"Eleanor Wachtel is one of the very finest interviewers of authors I've come across anywhere in the world." — Kazuo Ishiguro (2012-05-08)|"This book isn't presented as a biography, but it seems to me to do just what the most discerning biography should do; that is, to give us a clear and lively and responsible and, yes, illuminating revelation of a writer's life and thought." — Alice Munro (2012-05-08)|"Every writer has two souls, an earthly one and one that lives on in the world of writing as a voice in the writing itself. It's Carol's voice — astute, compassionate, observant, and deeply human — that will continue to speak to her readers everywhere." — Margaret Atwood (2012-05-08)

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Some last words from Carol Shields Oct. 6 2007
By Mary Kirtz - Published on Amazon.com
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When Carol Shields died in 2003, one of the finest voices speaking for the luminosity of ordinary human life was silenced. Hearing that voice again in these interviews reminds me once more of Shields' great empathy for and sensitivity to the average person's life journey, a journey she always rendered with kindness, humor, and keen insight in her novels. Wachtel is an excellent interviewer, asking good, focused questions rather than the usual fluff too often encountered in the interview format. She also provides us with a few letters written to her by Shields. If we cannot have another Shields novel, these interviews provide us with something almost as gratifying.