Welcome to My Planet: Where English Is Sometimes Spoken

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Penguin, 2001 - Fiction - 285 pages
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Life just isn't The Love Boat for nearly-thirty Shannon, the tongue-in-cheek heroine of Welcome to My Planet. Credit cards don't pay themselves, no obvious mate has appeared with her name pinned to his collar, and a job doing new-product research for a fledgling software company doesn't quite make ends meet in the meaning-of-life department. Then there's the loser boyfriend, another boyfriend, her therapist, and unforgettably, Shannon's mom, Flo, with her unrecognizable leftover casseroles and quirky advice for her daughter. In a fit of debt and with a bruised heart, Shannon moves back home to witness the day-to-day tremors of her parents' own marriage. This is a dark-and-light tale-freshly witty and poignant-told by a young woman with a universal touch.

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WELCOME TO MY PLANET: Where English Is Sometimes Spoken

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Minnesota-bred Olson debuts with a blistering lampoon of Gen-X angst. Not only does heroine Shannon Olson have the same name as the author, but their mothers are both named Flo. Shannon, 31, who's ... Read full review

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User Review  - aliciamalia - LibraryThing

I should have held off on reading this for a few weeks. It was the third book this month about a whiny woman approaching 30 who is dissatisfied (reasonably so) with her life. At least the author of ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Shannon Olson, author of Welcome to My Planet, has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Minnesota.

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