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By Carol Shields.

Adapted by Deborah Levy.

""I am supposed to be that sunny woman, Reta Winters, but something happened when my back was turned"".

Carol Shields' final and searing novel, winner of the Orange Prize and short-listed for the Booker and now adapted for radio by novelist and playwright Deborah Levy.

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20040628By Carol Shields

Adapted by Deborah Levy

6/10. How do you go on when your nineteen year old daughter, whose smile cut through her like a crescent, drops out of university to sit on a sidewalk with a begging bowl? For Reta Winters, a successful writer and translator, a happily married wife and mother, life becomes an exercise in survival.

By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

""I am supposed to be that sunny woman, Reta Winters, but something happened when my back was turned"".

When nineteen-year-old Norah drops out to sit on a Toronto sidewalk, her mother learns that happiness is not what she thought.

Carol Shields' final and searing novel, winner of the Orange Prize and short-listed for the Booker and now adapted for radio by novelist and playwright Deborah Levy.

Reta....Barbara Barnes

Norah....Laurel Lefkow

Natalie....Vicki Simon

Danielle....Sara Kestelman

Tom....Rick Bland

Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

20040629By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

2/10. What happens when a loving and beloved daughter drops out of university and sits on a sidewalk with a sign around her neck saying 'Goodness'.

Reta....Barbara Barnes

Norah....Laurel Lefkow

Natalie....Vicki Simon

Danielle....Sara Kestelman

Tom....Rick Bland

Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

20040630By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

3/10. Reta tries to discover why her daughter is begging on the sidewalk.

Reta....Barbara Barnes

Norah....Laurel Lefkow

Natalie....Vicki Simon

Danielle....Sara Kestelman

Tom....Rick Bland

Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

20040701By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

4/10. Norah's motives are still not clear.

Reta....Barbara Barnes

Norah....Laurel Lefkow

Natalie....Vicki Simon

Danielle....Sara Kestelman

Tom....Rick Bland

Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

20040702By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

5/10. Reta tries to unpick the past and live in the present.

Reta....Barbara Barnes

Norah....Laurel Lefkow

Natalie....Vicki Simon

Danielle....Sara Kestelman

Tom....Rick Bland

Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

0120040628By Carol Shields.

Adapted by Deborah Levy.

""I am supposed to be that sunny woman, Reta Winters, but something happened when my back was turned"".

Carol Shields' final and searing novel, winner of the Orange Prize and short-listed for the Booker and now adapted for radio by novelist and playwright Deborah Levy.

"When nineteen-year-old Norah drops out to sit on a Toronto sidewalk, her mother learns that happiness is not what she thought.

  • arthur....Ryan Mccluskey
  • chris....teresa gallacher
  • christine....teresa gallagher
  • danielle....Sara Kestelman
  • danielle....sarah kestleman
  • emma....teresa gallagher
  • gwen....liza ross
  • little norah....josephine kook-clark
  • lois....liza ross
  • natalie....vicki simon
  • norah....Laurel Lefkow
  • reta....barbara barnes
  • rita....barbara barnes
  • sylvia....teresa gallacher
  • tom....rick bland
  • volunteer....liza ross
  • young norah....josephine kook-clark
  • produced by.... - di spiers"

    carol shields' final and searing novel, winner of the orange prize and short-listed for the booker and now adapted for radio by novelist and playwright deborah levy.when nineteen-year-old norah drops out to sit on a toronto sidewalk, her mother learns that happiness is not what she thought

  • 0220040629What happens when a loving and beloved daughter drops out of university and sits on a sidewalk with a sign around her neck saying 'Goodness'.

    By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

    2/10. What happens when a loving and beloved daughter drops out of university and sits on a sidewalk with a sign around her neck saying 'Goodness'.

    Reta....Barbara Barnes

    Norah....Laurel Lefkow

    Natalie....Vicki Simon

    Danielle....Sara Kestelman

    Tom....Rick Bland

    Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

    Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

    Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

    0320040630Reta tries to discover why her daughter is begging on the sidewalk.

    By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

    3/10. Reta tries to discover why her daughter is begging on the sidewalk.

    Reta....Barbara Barnes

    Norah....Laurel Lefkow

    Natalie....Vicki Simon

    Danielle....Sara Kestelman

    Tom....Rick Bland

    Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

    Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

    Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

    0420040701Norah's motives are still not clear.

    By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

    4/10. Norah's motives are still not clear.

    Reta....Barbara Barnes

    Norah....Laurel Lefkow

    Natalie....Vicki Simon

    Danielle....Sara Kestelman

    Tom....Rick Bland

    Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

    Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

    Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

    0520040702Reta tries to unpick the past and live in the present.

    By Carol Shields. Adapted by Deborah Levy.

    5/10. Reta tries to unpick the past and live in the present.

    Reta....Barbara Barnes

    Norah....Laurel Lefkow

    Natalie....Vicki Simon

    Danielle....Sara Kestelman

    Tom....Rick Bland

    Chris/Sylvia....Teresa Gallacher

    Gwen/Lois....Liza Ross

    Young Norah....Josephine Kook-Clark

    0620040705How do you go on when your nineteen year old daughter, whose smile cut through her like a crescent, drops out of university to sit on a sidewalk with a begging bowl? For Reta Winters, a successful writer and translator, a happily married wife and mother, life becomes an exercise in survival.
    0720040706Reta seeks ways to distract herself from Norah's abiding absence.
    0820040707Reta's only diversion from heartache is suddenly threatened.
    0920040708Reta's editor arrives from NEW YORK with his own opinion on her novel; and Tom calls from Toronto.
    10 LASTPartly Right And Partly Wrong20040709With restoration come some, if not all, the answers.