Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta
Stories

84%

5 Critic Reviews

...the ray of light in Perrotta's new stories comes from his characters' belated recognition of their foibles and failures, and their earnest and quintessentially American yearning to do better.
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Synopsis

Nine Inches, Tom Perrotta's first true collection, features ten stories—some sharp and funny, some mordant and surprising, and a few intense and disturbing. Whether he's dropping into the lives of two teachers—and their love lost and found—in "Nine Inches", documenting the unraveling of a dad at a Little League game in "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face", or gently marking the points of connection between an old woman and a benched high school football player in "Senior Season", Perrotta writes with a sure sense of his characters and their secret longings.

Nine Inches contains an elegant collection of short fiction: stories that are as assured in their depictions of characters young and old, established and unsure, as any written today.

 

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 September 10, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 07 2013

The acclaimed novelist displays perfect tonal pitch in this story collection...As deeply satisfying and insidiously disturbing as the author’s longer fiction.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Alix Ohlin on Sep 13 2013

That quirky, complicated, immensely rewarding community life, manifested in Little League games, middle-school dances and neighborhood socializing, is itself the most vibrant and fully developed character in the book. Though bad things happen, and marriages and futures go awry, Perrotta doesn’t depict suburban anomie in the vein of Richard Yates.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jul 08 2013

...the stories aren’t all bleak; Perrotta allows some of his characters to find redemption, such as a mother who chaperones a high school party and forges an unexpected friendship with a cop who once pointlessly hassled her and her daughter...

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Sep 11 2013

...the ray of light in Perrotta's new stories comes from his characters' belated recognition of their foibles and failures, and their earnest and quintessentially American yearning to do better.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Patrick Ryan on Sep 13 2013

Nine Inches is a razor-sharp and highly entertaining collection of short stories. It’s also a masterful examination of the fragilities that lie just beneath the surface of our everyday veneers.

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