Little Children

Little Children

Large Print - 2004
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Three couples raise their kids in the kind of quiet suburb where nothing ever seems to happen--until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could ever have imagined.
Publisher: New York : RB Large Print, 2004
ISBN: 9781419303548
1419303546
Branch Call Number: LP FIC PER
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Dec 15, 2013

Sometimes a bad movie can overshadow a good book. I saw "Little Children" and pretty much hated it, seeing it as yet another bitter, unpleasant movie about unhappy jerks in the suburbs ("American Beauty," "The Ice Storm," "Happiness"). I recently started reading Tom Perrotta, who I don't think gets the critical attention he deserves (it's usually hogged by guys named Jonathan, Michael or Dave). On paper, this doesn't look very promising: adultery in the suburbs, a married man adrift and without a job, a husband who spends his time on an internet site called Slutty Kay, the drudgery of adulthood and just for a grotesque touch, a sex offender. Yet Perrotta, working with difficult material, makes it cohere into something poignant, observant and compelling. I think his strength is that he can both satirize and be sympathetic to his characters. One of the best novels of the 00's. He should be getting the praise that Franzen gets.

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samsea
Oct 18, 2009

I really enjoy Tom P's books. He is so good at describing a good number of people in one book. Almost everyone who showed up in the book, even they only got few lines of description from Tom P, they were alive!

eg, the mother of the convicted child molester: I am so moved for her unconditional motherly love. eg, Her relationship with another mother of criminal son:I have never thought about their world but it is been writen so convincingly

It is the best of Tom P, I regret that i watched the movie first. the movie is very good though.

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