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Susan Perabo

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Susan Perabo's novel, "The Fall of Lisa Bellow," will be released March 14, 2017. Perabo is also the author of two collections of short stories, "Why They Run the Way They Do" and "Who I Was Supposed to Be," and the novel, "The Broken Places." Her fiction has been anthologized in "Best American Short Stories," "Pushcart Prize Stories," and "New Stories from the South," and has appeared in numerous magazines, including One Story, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, and The Sun. She is Writer in Residence and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

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"The best examination of grotesque obsessive parental protection embedded in complete responsibility denial I have ever read. "
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"Meredith is fine.  Just fine.  Except she's not.  All she wants is to be left alone.  All her dad wants is a return to some trace of normalcy for the family.  Her mom is slowly coming to grips with the fact that it is virtually impossible to protect " Read more of this review »
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"I read this in one sitting. I was expecting a thriller and found a family drama which I actually prefer. Different and in my opinion engrossing. I appreciated that the ending was not tied up in a pretty bow."
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“Your parents didn't particularly care if you wanted to carpool with someone else to swimming lessons; it was convenient for you and Amanda Hammels to travel together, even if you never talked to each other in school, so, by god, that was the way it was going to be.”
Susan Perabo, The Fall of Lisa Bellow

“That's the difference between people like you and people like me. You think everything's sad. Because all you do is THINK about stuff all the time. If you only think about stuff half the time you're way less sad. What do you do the other half of the time? When you're not thinking? Uh, I don't know, maybe have a life?”
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“Breakfast was the meal where they could actually sit together for fifteen or twenty minutes, during which her father inevitably asked everyone to set a goal for the day. They didn’t have to be serious goals—her father wasn’t that guy—but were intended, he always said, to let everyone know something about what the others were doing as they went about their day.”
Susan Perabo, The Fall of Lisa Bellow

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