Monday Book Club

The Monday Book Club discussed ‘Unless’ by Carol Shields at their September meeting – it wasn’t a popular book


Unless is the story Reta Winters tells us as she endures the breakaway of Norah, her eldest daughter, from family, boyfriend, girlfriends and university. Norah’s defection from a normal life is an inexplicable mystery arising from the totally unlikely context of a loving family: Tom, the doctor father; Reta, the writer, translator, housewife mother; two younger sisters, Natalie and Christine; a treasured old dog, Pet; and their rambling old home on the outskirts of Orangetown, an hour’s drive from Toronto. Day by day,