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    Unless – Carol Shields

    “The conjunction and (sometimes) adverb ‘unless’ with its elegiac undertones is a term used in logic, a word breathed by the hopeful or by writers of fiction wanting to prise open the crusted world and reveal another plane of being, which is similar in its geographical particulars and peopled by those who resemble ourselves.” (Unless, Carol Shields) In this vein, Carol Shields names all the chapters in Unless with different prepositions and conjunctions, as if they are to provide at least an illusory coherence to events that are otherwise disparate and fragmented, just like the lives of the characters that…

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