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Publisher: St. Martin's Press (2004-03-01)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0312315716 / 9780312315719
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 792630
(St. Martin's Griffin $13.95)
“‘Dear Penthouse Forum,’ one of the characters imagines writing, in Tom Perrotta's poignantly funny new novel about love and marriage. ‘I'm a 31-year-old stay-at-home dad, and you'll never believe what just happened to me at the playground.’ Or maybe you would, since Mr. Perrotta tells his story so knowingly. The married dad in question, whose name is Todd, has just shared a steamy out-of-the-blue kiss in broad daylight with a wife not his own.”
“Named for the skill with which its adult characters handle their inhibitions, Little Children presents the full cultural and emotional underpinnings of this suburb-shaking event.”
Janet Maslin (The New York Times)
A 2004 Vacation Reading (selected by The New York Times)
“This novel of adultery and child-raising in a generic suburb is an outstanding contribution to the literature of Bad Mommy and Bad Daddy; its families are hothouses of boredom and everyone dreams of escape, if only to a new environment that is much the same as its predecessor.”
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.
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