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  Unless (2002) by Carol Shields  
Carol Shields
Reta Winters' 19-year-old daughter suddenly withdraws from the world to sit on a street corner with a card around her neck on which is written the word, 'goodness'.

As Reta searches for the causes of her daughter's silent rebellion, she begins to look at how women are placed in society and in her longing to understand her daughter's actions she finds answers to some of her own questions.

Published only 14 months before Carol Shields died of cancer, Unless is considered to be her angriest and most fearless novel.

BBC News: Obituary - Carol Shields
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BBC Front Row: Carol Shield's obituary

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