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Dressing Up for the Carnival
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Viking Pr
Publication date April 1, 2000
Pages 210
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780670889211
ISBN-10 0670889210
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $23.95
§As reported by publisher
Amazon.com says people who bought this book also bought:
Larry's Party | The Republic of Love | The Stone Diaries
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The theme of identity and guises run through this collection of twenty-two short stories (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A new short story collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Stone Diaries and Larry's Party

Carol Shields "has a knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary"(New York Daily News). And nowhere more than in Dressing Up for the Carnival, which distills all her elegance, wisdom, and insouciant humor into short stories that read more like nugget novels.

Through them all runs Shields's preoccupation with identity. In the title story--a compacted day in the life of the world--a procession of characters try on new selves; in "Dressing Down" a YMCA director sheds his suited self one month a year in a nudist enclave. Yet these twenty-two stories, and their quiet epiphanies, contrast with each other more sharply. The lyricism of "Weather" and the bittersweet sexuality of "Eros." The wicked skewering of pompous academic conversation in "The Next Best Kiss" and the odd, straightfaced whimsy of "Flatties." And in "The Scarf"--new for this collection--the realities of a fledgling author's book tour. Playful, graceful, acute yet tender, Dressing Up for the Carnival is Carol Shields at her most accomplished and appealing. It "reminds us again why literature matters" (The New York Times Book Review).

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780670889211 Book cover for 9780679310211 Book cover for 9780786227921
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (September 1, 2000)
9780786227921 | details & prices | 285 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $27.95
About: The theme of identity and guises run through this collection of twenty-two short stories.
Largeprint edition from Chivers (June 1, 2000)
9780754042716 | details & prices | 285 pages | List price $55.01
About: The theme of identity and guises run through this collection of twenty-two short stories.
Canadian edition from Random House Inc (June 1, 2000)
9780679310211 | details & prices | List price $55.01
About: A bestselling collection of short stories from the author of The Stone Diaries (winner of the Pulitzer prize) and Larry's Party (winner of the Orange prize).
The price comparison is for this edition
from Viking Pr (April 1, 2000)
9780670889211 | details & prices | 210 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $23.95
About: The theme of identity and guises run through this collection of twenty-two short stories
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Paperback
Book cover for 9780141001913 Book cover for 9780754042723
 
Reissue edition from Penguin USA (May 1, 2001)
9780141001913 | details & prices | 210 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $16.00
About: The theme of identity and guises run through this collection of twenty-two short stories.
Largeprint edition from Chivers (June 1, 2000)
9780754042723 | details & prices | 285 pages | List price $22.01
About: The theme of identity and guises run through this collection of twenty-two short stories.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780864923547 Book cover for 9781574533521
 
With William Samples, Patricia Drake, Camyar Chai, Donna White, Bridgette O\'Sullivan | from Btc Audio Books (April 1, 2002)
9780864923547 | details & prices | List price $16.95
About: Dressing Up for the Carnival cruises through a diverse set of players at different stages of life, most of whom — like the interconnected cast of characters in the title story — fortify themselves in symbolic ways to tackle the business of life.
Unabridged edition from Audio Literature (January 1, 2001)
9781574533521 | details & prices | 4.75 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $25.00
About: The theme of identity and guises runs through this collection of twenty-two short stories.

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