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Feb 22, 2005
| ISBN 9781101200834
Feb 22, 2005 | ISBN 9781101200834
We first met Shannon Olson—our semi-fictional heroine—in the witty and engaging Welcome to My Planet. Olson pioneered a daring new genre, a kind of fictional documentary, pulling no punches by using her own name, and engaging readers with her wry and direct style. In Children of God, Shannon is in her mid-thirties and besieged by reminders that her life doesn’t look much at all like the American Dream, nor like her aquarium-stocking, furniture-buying peers. She embarks upon a self-improvement campaign, joining group therapy, blind dating, and trying to convince herself to fall in love with an old college chum. Shannon even gives organized religion a go. With encore performances by Flo (called “one of the great moms of American fiction” by Garrison Keillor), this is the hilarious and poignant tale of a woman making her life happen when it didn’t quite happen for her.
Shannon Olson is the author of Welcome to My Planet and Children of God Go Bowling. She has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Minnesota.
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