Carol Shields was an American born Canadian author born on June 2, 1935. Starting her career as a professor of English at the University of Manitoba, her masterpiece, The Stone Diaries won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Her works explored the lives of common people and how they relate to each other in their everyday lives.
Depicting the lives of the middle-class, Shields used overlapping narratives and told her stories from multiple perspectives. Stone Diaries which also won the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award (1993) and the National Book Critics Circle Award (1994) is written in a pseudo-biographical manner, portraying the life of an ordinary woman whose life span most of the 20th century. The Orange Fish and Dressing Up for the Carnival includes her short story collection.
She died on July 16, 2003.