Who I Was Supposed to Be: Short Stories (Paperback)
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.
"Both sardonic and moving...[Perabo] clearly recalls how to hit home runs."
-- Dana Kennedy, The New York Times Book Review
"In this deft collection, Perabo explores the weight of disappointment in our lives and how we try to avoid it by assuming new faces."
-- The New Yorker
"There's only one way to read Susan Perabo, and that's breathlessly. Each story in Who I Was Supposed to Be crackles with narrative electricity, and every one made me want to stand and cheer."
-- Richard Russo, author of Nobody's Fool and Straight Man
"Cleverly mixes the ordinary and the odd...a stunning collection of short gems, revealing a world both foreign and familiar."
-- Cassandra West, Chicago Tribune