Little Children by Tom Perrotta
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Tom Perrotta's thirty-ish parents of young children are a varied and surprising bunch. There's Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad dubbed "The Prom King" by the moms of the playground; Sarah, a lapsed feminist with a bisexual past, who seems to have stumbled into a traditional marriage; Richard, Sarah's husband, who has found himself more and more involved with a fantasy life on the internet than with the flesh and blood in his own house; and Mary Ann, who thinks she has it all figured out, down to scheduling a weekly roll in the hay with her husband, every Tuesday at 9pm. They all raise their kids in the kind of sleepy American suburb where nothing ever seems to happen-at least until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two restless parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could have imagined. Unexpectedly suspenseful, but written with all the fluency and dark humor of Perrotta's previous novels, Little Children exposes the adult dramas unfolding amidst the swingsets and slides of an ordinary American playground.

 

About Tom Perrotta

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TOM PERROTTA is the author of eight books, most recently The Leftovers.  Two of his novels—Election and Little Children—have been made into acclaimed and award-winning movies.  Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Several unstable marriages and a convicted pedophile's presence in a quiet suburban community ignite a complex, fast-moving plot.

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Publishers Weekly

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The characters in this intelligent, absorbing tale of suburban angst are constrained and defined by their relationship to children. There's Sarah, an erstwhile bisexual feminist who finds herse

Dec 08 2003 | Read Full Review of Little Children: A Novel

The New York Times

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All the children will go to Harvard and all the parents dream of escape in Tom Perrotta’s satirical but compassionate suburban novel.

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Publishers Weekly

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In the midst of this universe of mild to fulminating family dysfunction, Sarah and Todd drift into an affair that recaptures the passion of adolescence, that fleeting liminal period of freedom and possibility between the dutiful rigidities of childhood and parenthood.

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BC Books

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Tom Perrota wrote Election, the book that was adapted to the screen starring Reese Witherspoon and M...A brilliant study in human relations and what makes us who we are.

Jul 14 2006 | Read Full Review of Little Children: A Novel

Book Reporter

What makes LITTLE CHILDREN more than just satire are the immediately recognizable and sympathetic characters like Sarah, Todd and Ronnie, who bristle against the constraints and compromises of suburban life, who realize they "can either accept a life of misery or struggle against it."

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AV Club

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There's something wrong in sleepy suburbia in this adaptation of a Tom Perrotta novel starring Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, and Patrick Wilson.

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In Little Children's Massachusetts suburb of Bellington, the residents all make children priority number one, although not always in the...

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He plays a bracingly evil man that somehow has more dimension than anyone else in Little Children, which is either a credit to Haley's performance, or evidence of the cardboard universe Perrotta and Field have so meticulously constructed.

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In Little Children's Massachusetts suburb of Bellington, the residents all make children priority number one, although not always in the same fashion.

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USA Today

The little children aren't the only little kids in Perrotta's witty book.

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Pajiba

Even though it could refer to the fact that these characters are parents to toddlers, Perrotta's title really refers to the way in which these educated, adult characters behave.

May 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Little Children: A Novel

BookPage

His arrival forces the suburban housewives Sarah has surrounded herself with to confront their own prejudices and ultimately to gain a little more perspective on what really matters.With Little Children Perrotta displays a refreshing compassion without sacrificing his trademark understanding of w...

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About.com

The characters of Tom Perrotta's latest novel, Little Children, are a surprising bunch: Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad;

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Bookmarks Magazine

His attention to detail and talent for dialogue, which help him transcend mere parody and stereotypes, create a novel that manages to be funny and emotionally astute at the same time.

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The Agony Column

But that conclusion becomes a back door, through which we can re-enter Perrotta's world and re-experience the lives of quiet — and not-so-quiet — desperation of Perrotta's characters.

May 13 2004 | Read Full Review of Little Children: A Novel

Star Pulse

Summary:Oscar-nominated filmmaker Todd Field teams with novelist Tom Perrotta to adapt Perrotta's acclaimed novel concerning the suburban malaise experienced by a handful of small-town individuals whose intersecting lives converge in a variety of surprising, and sometimes ominous, ways.

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