Books Happenstance Two Novels In One About A Marriage In Transition by Carol Shields Paperback, 511 pages, Ingram Pub Services, List Price: $21.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleHappenstanceSubtitleTwo Novels In One About A Marriage In TransitionAuthorCarol Shields Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary 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. Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Also by Carol Shields Unless Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Happenstance Three Books... Stitch This: Three Not-At-All Cozy Books About Quilting June 15, 2014 If you think quilting's just about alphabet blocks and pastel florals, think again. Author Tracy Chevalier recommends three books that showcase kick-butt quilters and the darker side of stitchery.