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Dressing Up for the Carnival

A Collection of Stories
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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Carol Shields has a knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary and nowhere more than in this luminous collection, which distills all her elegance, wisdom, and humor into short stories that are more like concise novels. Throughout these stories runs Shields' preoccupation with identity - as in the title story, a compacted day in the life of the world, in which a procession of characters try on new selves. Yet these stories and their quiet epiphanies reflect all the contrasts of human existence...from the bittersweet sexuality of "Eros" to the wicked skewering of pompous academic conversation in "The Next Best Kiss". Playful, graceful, acute yet tender, Dressing Up for the Carnival is Carol Shields at her most accomplished and appealing.

©1999 Carol Shields (P)2000, 2017 Audio Literature / Phoenix Books

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Production values need attention

Shields’ wonderful fiction and vivid storytelling come alive through some fine performances here. Would that the same attention had been given to the audio production values, which were extremely uneven.