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Super America

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In settings as different as Honolulu, Hawaii, small-town Minnesota, and Taxco, Mexico, these nine stories and a novella show blue-collar characters struggling to achieve the American Dream--and sometimes alienating friends and family as they try to upgrade their working-class pedigree. Anne Panning’s people, despite their mixed record of success, make us root for them on t ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by University of Georgia Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Pam Herrmann
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A series of short stories varying from a bicycle accident in Hawaii to a start up frog leg restaurant to a couple who are evacuated during a tidal wave. Each story envelopes you on an adventure to a new destination and story line.
Bonus: Went to school with the author for 12 years!
Jon
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book contains nine entertaining and witty stories, most all of them of higher quality than those in Panning's first collection (a collection in which only the first story stuck out to me). But beyond these nine fun stories is a novella that concludes the whole, a novella that is anything but witty--it is, rather, heartbreaking, reminding me of some of the damaged people and damaged love that occurs in Hester Kaplan's collection The Edge of Marriage. In Panning's novella "Freeze," a father's ...more
Beth
Mar 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shortstories
I loved these stories. The characters seemed to be closely observing their lives from the outside and then commenting on them. I saw Panning compared to Lorrie Moore, and the authors do share a similar sense of gallows humor. The first story, about a man who tries to win back his exotic-pet-loving ex-wife by adopting a lemur and a miniature horse, will give you a good idea of whether you'll like the collection as a whole.
Shahla Iqbal
Jan 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting book. Most stories are gloomy overall but they do give a look inside many different lives in small towns across the United States. The stories had a morbid fascination to them - I could not wait to see what happened next. Some of them had abrupt endings but that I realise is part of the author's style- giving you a snapshot of someone's life.
Sarah Hart
LOVE!!!
Kathy Junior
Nov 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
quirky and interesting.
Mike
Aug 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a great set of short stories...very different and worth reading!
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