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Welcome to My Planet: Where English Is Sometimes Spoken

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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.

Review:

"One of the best mother-daughter acts of all time. I stopped reading it only to laugh my head off, quote passages to my friends, and to make it last." Melissa Bank, author of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

Review:

"Olson's tongue-in-cheek humor makes Planet as quirky and clever as its main character." People

Review:

"A funny, feeling novel...you'll find Olson's coming-of-age chronicle winning and uniquely real." Glamour

Review:

"Witty, warm and delightfully topical." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"An engaging debut with real snap and style." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"A wonderfully funny and elegant and compelling book about love and confusion in Minneapolis, and what knocks me over is the plain nakedness and integrity of it: all the way through, the author sounds exactly like herself and nobody else. There are some good digs at psychotherapy, American guydom, and Lutherans. And it has Flo, who is one of the great moms of American fiction." Garrison Keillor

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Welcome to a center of the universe that's not London or New York, but Minneapolis, USA, where life just isn't "The Love Boat" for 31-year-old Shannon. Between trips to Target and her parents' house to do laundry, she visits a therapist called The Counselor and tries to get her life together.

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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.

About the Author

SHANNON OLSON is the inventor of the Target Patch (patent pending) for undisciplined shoppers who want to cut back gradually. She has an MFA from the University of Minnesota, where she teaches writing. She is at work on a second novel, Children of God Go Bowling.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141001777
Subtitle:
Where English Is Sometimes Spoken
Author:
Olson, Shannon
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Adult children living with parents.
Subject:
Humorous
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.75x5.07x.60 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture

Welcome to My Planet: Where English Is Sometimes Spoken
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Product details 304 pages Penguin Books - English 9780141001777 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One of the best mother-daughter acts of all time. I stopped reading it only to laugh my head off, quote passages to my friends, and to make it last."
"Review" by , "Olson's tongue-in-cheek humor makes Planet as quirky and clever as its main character."
"Review" by , "A funny, feeling novel...you'll find Olson's coming-of-age chronicle winning and uniquely real."
"Review" by , "Witty, warm and delightfully topical."
"Review" by , "An engaging debut with real snap and style."
"Review" by , "A wonderfully funny and elegant and compelling book about love and confusion in Minneapolis, and what knocks me over is the plain nakedness and integrity of it: all the way through, the author sounds exactly like herself and nobody else. There are some good digs at psychotherapy, American guydom, and Lutherans. And it has Flo, who is one of the great moms of American fiction."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
"Synopsis" by , Welcome to a center of the universe that's not London or New York, but Minneapolis, USA, where life just isn't "The Love Boat" for 31-year-old Shannon. Between trips to Target and her parents' house to do laundry, she visits a therapist called The Counselor and tries to get her life together.

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