Carol Shields (1935-2003) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She studied at Hanover College, the University of Exeter in England, and the University of Ottawa. In 1957, she married Donald Shields and moved to Canada permanently. She taught at the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Manitoba, and served as chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. She wrote ten novels and three short story collections, in addition to poetry, plays, criticism, and a biography of Jane Austen. Her novel The Stone Diaries won the Pulitzer Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Shields was further recognized with a Canada Council Major Award, two Canadian National Magazine Awards, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and countless other prizes and honors.
"A touching, elegantly funny, luscious piece of fiction." --The
New York Times Book Review
"Superb. . . . It takes courage for a serious literary novelist to toast love with the exuberance Shields does here." --The Boston Globe
"A valentine for all seasons . . . delightful, funny, touching . . . romance for grown-ups of either sex." --Toronto Sun
"Mythical and modern, ironic and moving, exhilarating and melancholy . . . a love-surveying story that is enticingly seductive." --The Times Literary Supplement