Who I Was Supposed to Be: Short Stories by Susan PeraboWho I Was Supposed to Be: Short Stories by Susan Perabo

Who I Was Supposed to Be: Short Stories

bySusan Perabo

Paperback | July 1, 2006

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Behind every face in Who I Was Supposed to Be is a singular quirk to explore, a peculiarity to celebrate. In Susan Perabo's world, nothing can be taken for granted: here, a retired grocer takes up jewel theft in his twilight years; a data processor squanders her inheritance on one of Princess Diana's gowns; a mugging victim feigns amnesia to win back his wife.

In the tradition of Lorrie Moore, Susan Perabo's slightly off-center lens looks hard at the banal and the bizarre, and at the human condition, where she finds extraordinary magic within the smallest of gestures. Sharply written and overlaid with a mischievous wit, Who I Was Supposed to Be is an unforgettable homage to laughter, love, and wonder.
Susan Perabo teaches creative writing at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Best American Short Storiesand New Stories from the South.
Title:Who I Was Supposed to Be: Short StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:July 1, 2006Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0743290372

ISBN - 13:9780743290371

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Table of Contents


Thick as Thieves

Counting the Ways

The Greater Grace of Carlisle

Explaining Death to the Dog


Who I Was Supposed to Be



The Rocks Over Kyburz

The Measure of Devotion

Some Say the World

Editorial Reviews

"Cleverly mixes the ordinary and the odd...a stunning collection of short gems, revealing a world both foreign and familiar."
-- Cassandra West, Chicago Tribune