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Children of God go bowling : a novel
Shannon Olson
Adult Fiction OLSON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Chick lit? More like curmudgeon lit-and it couldn't be funnier in this wry, quirky sequel to Welcome to My Planet (Where English Is Sometimes Spoken). Thirty-something Shannon Olson, who shares her name with the author, is napping her way through life in her native Minneapolis, kvetching with her equally stymied friends and dabbling in group therapy. She envies her married-and-settled siblings and longs to break away from her parents-but how to develop her own identity when she's still doing laundry at her folks' and sharing every detail of her life with her mother, the indomitable Flo? Her romantic prospects look bleak, too: "I had been living in the dating world's version of the Old Country Buffet.... The tepid, lamp-warmed, greasy, convenient, heartburn-inducing singles buffet." With so few possibilities, her dearest friend from college, Adam, starts to look less like her favorite couch potato companion and more like the love of her life-or is it only boredom drawing her to him? This is no paint-by-numbers tale of woe; while Shannon herself shies from action, the plot is one twist after another, and the humor (especially the group therapy scenes) is hilarious. Eschewing much of the chirpiness and lagging introspection of many of its sisters, Olson's novel explores deeper questions of why many young adults find themselves acting like adolescents into their 30s and offers an insightful examination of friendship and family. Strong, ironic and characteristically cranky prose keeps the pages turning, and Shannon's commentary on being a round peg in a square world-guiltily Catholic in a world of cheery Lutherans, grumpy and single in a city clogged with strollers and Midwestern cheer-rings true. (Feb.) Forecast: This novel deserves a wider audience than just chick-lit devotees, and blurbs from Melissa Bank and Haven Kimmel should help attract it. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fans of Olson's debut novel, Welcome to My Planet, will not be disappointed with this follow-up, which once again finds our semifictional heroine, Shannon, traversing the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of single life. Now in her thirties, Shannon must come to grips with the fact that her younger sister has had a baby and that most of her friends have married and "moved on." Meanwhile, she is still in the same slightly rundown studio apartment, hankering after old flames. Much soul-searching and silliness ensue, as Shannon fights panic attacks, rude dates, and the urge to hook up with her best guy friend to ward off the title of last (wo)man standing. Though the novel takes an unexpectedly sad turn at the end, Olson is sensitive in her handling of the situation; throughout, she regales readers with her good-natured and self-deprecating wit, reminiscent of Ellen DeGeneris at her best. Olson handles the same themes as much of current chick lit, but with a wicked sense of humor and a depth of feeling that is sometimes lacking in other attempts. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/03.]-Tania Barnes, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Shannon Olson
Female
Age: 33
Single
Made the decision to take control of her disappointing life.

Flo
Female
Married
Wisecracker; Shannon's mother.



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