Children of God Go Bowling

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Penguin, Feb 22, 2005 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Twin Cities torpor.If you haven't had the pleasure, meet Shannon Olson (a fictional heroine who bears her author's name), her friends and family, including her wisecracking mom Flo in the sequel to ... Read full review

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User Review  - TanyaTomato - LibraryThing

Single woman dealing with life in the Twin Cities - could be its appeal since I used to live in the cities. Not like those other dating books as it is actually readable. Read full review

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Part 1 My Whole New Little Adult Life
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Part 3 Its Just So Exciting to Have a Frog
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Part 4 Is Anyone Fond of Canadian Bacon?
Chapter 24
Chapter 25

Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Part 2 The Gospel According to B F Skinner
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Part 5 Children of God Go Bowling
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37

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About the author (2005)

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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