" Shields writes, with more conviction than anyone I can think of, about people whose lives are their marriages... Her understanding of the uses and abuses of intimacy is what remains with the reader " Daily Telegraph. Carol Shields was one of the most beloved authors of recent memory a unique voice of insight, compassion and dazzling intellectual force. Her novels, including The Stone Diaries (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Larry's Party (Orange Prize Winner) and Unless (Booker shortlisted), won universal admiration and praise for their wise maturity and stunning virtuosity. Now, for the first time, all of her remarkable short stories are gathered together in one volume. In the Collected Stories we bring together Carol Shields' original short-story volumes, Various Miracles and Dressing Up for the Carnival, and many more stories not previously published in the UK, including 'Segue', her last work. These brilliant and compelling pieces reveal a mind always questioning, always engaged, possessing the deepest sympathy and the sharpest wit. " When you've been reading Carol Shields, you go outside, you listen to a conversation, you think about your own life or a friend's life, and you notice more. And for this she should be thanked " Guardian.