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"Unless" is the story of a successful novelist who is caught up by the dropout of her 20-year-old daughter from society. Her firstborn now sits on a street corner in Toronto, bearing a sign "Goodness",and begs for a living.
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Shields prefaces each chapter with one-word headings: "So," "As", "Not Yet" and "Unless".
Shields tries to bring together her family once again: her character, Reta Winters, is a novelist trying to write her third light fiction in which the main female character metamorhposes into a strong independent person .
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Life of a profession:    -   writer Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   daughter Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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