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Susan Perabo

Biography

Susan Perabo

Susan Perabo teaches creative writing at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her short story collection, Who I Was Supposed to Be, was named a Best Book of 1999 by the Los Angeles TimesThe Miami Herald, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Susan Perabo

Books by Susan Perabo

by Susan Perabo - Family, Family Life, Fiction

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind. After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.