Susan Perabo’s stories have been anthologized in New Stories from the South and in Best American Short Stories 1996. Her work has appeared in Story, Glimmer Train, TriQuarterly, and The Black Warrior Review. She was the 1992 winner of the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award.
Fichtner, Margaria. “Who I Was Supposed to Be: Short Stories by Susan Perabo.” Review of Who I Was Supposed to Be, by Susan Perabo. The Miami Herald, August 4, 1999. In her review of Perabo’s short-story collection Fichtner provides brief summaries of several stories and credits Perabo with keen insight into the lives of her troubled characters.
Golden, Jay. “Who I Was Supposed to Be: Stories by Susan Perabo.” Review of Who I Was Supposed to Be, by Susan Perabo. Fort Worth Star Telegram, October 20, 1999. Sees Perabo’s strength in her ability to provide twists that catch the reader off guard. Golden comments on her light touch and ironic humor and calls her stories “quirky and engaging.”
“Short Stories Show Off Young Author Waiting for Growth Spurt.” Chicago Tribune, September 10, 1999. Calling Perabo’s stories “tough-minded and clever,” this reviewer notes that Perabo grabs the reader’s attention with intriguing first sentences. The theme that connects the stories is the characters’ need for “reinvention.”
“Who I Was Supposed to Be: Short Fictions.” Review of Who I Was Supposed to Be, by Susan Perabo. Publishers Weekly 246 (July 9, 1999): 186. Points to Perabo’s ability to narrate her stories from different points of view, using narrators of different ages and genders. Notes that Perabo relieves the tragic with the whimsical as she provides the reader with characters who face difficult situations.