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Random Illuminations: Conversations with Carol Shields Paperback – Sep 21 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 21 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864925018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864925015
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #453,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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After Eleanor Wachtel first interviewed Carol Shields in 1987, they became friends. Over the next sixteen years, Eleanor conducted numerous interviews with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Their candid, wide-ranging and affectionate conversations trace the arc of Carol's life and career: from her sheltered childhood to her coming of age as a wife, mother and feminist; from her unexpected success as a poet in her late thirties to her emergence as one of the world's foremost fiction writers; from "before" her diagnosis of breast cancer to "after."

Always circling back to the fiction, they talk about the redemptive power of literature and Carol's faith in the moments of transcendence — those random illuminations — that transform everyday life.

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HASH(0xa51757a4) out of 5 stars 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.


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