Two Novels In One About A Marriage In Transition

by Carol Shields


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Happenstance is actually two short novels, published separately and later condensed into one story, of a husband and wife over the five eventful days that the wife is away from home at a quilting convention.

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Happenstance has the unusual distinction of being two short novels published at different times and later sandwiched together. It tells the story of a husband and wife during a five-day period when she goes to a quilting convention, leaving him at home with their teenage children. Part 1 is from his point of view; part 2, hers. Shields cuts apart the family and the relationship like a surgeon. The wife, Brenda, has taken up quilting and gotten good at it, venturing into abstraction

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