Little Children Tom Perrotta s thirtyish 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 at the playground and his wife Kathy

  • Title: Little Children
  • Author: Tom Perrotta
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  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tom Perrotta s thirtyish 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 at the playground, and his wife, Kathy, a documentary filmmaker envious of the connection Todd has forged with their toddler son And there s Sarah, a lapsed feminist surprised to find she s become a typical wiTom Perrotta s thirtyish 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 at the playground, and his wife, Kathy, a documentary filmmaker envious of the connection Todd has forged with their toddler son And there s Sarah, a lapsed feminist surprised to find she s become a typical wife in a traditional marriage, and her husband, Richard, who is becoming and involved with an internet fantasy life than with his own wife and child And then there s Mary Ann, who has life all figured out, down to a scheduled roll in the hay with her husband every Tuesday at nine P.M.They all 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.

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    1. Tom Perrotta

      Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar nominated films, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award winning HBO series His other books include Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Joe College, The Abstinence Teacher, Nine Inches, and his newest, Mrs Fletcher His work has been translated into a multitude of languages Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston.

    828 thoughts on “Little Children”

    1. The movie adaptation of this book was on TV recently which reminded me that I had read this book quite some time ago. Little Children focuses on couples in their thirties living in a quiet Boston suburb where nothing really happens. One summer all of that changes when a convicted pedophile moves into the neighborhood.Sarah and Richard:Sarah was once a radical feminist. She never thought she would be where she is or who she is today - a common housewife. Her husband, Richard secludes himself in h [...]


    2. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/In case you haven’t seen me brag about it before are unaware, I work a couple of blocks away from this beauty . . . . (^^^^That’s just the parking garage.)So I can go check out books conveniently during my lunch hour. (There’s also the porny library up in the ‘burbs that gives me the hookup on all of my . . . . scientific research projects.) Since Fall has finally fallen and the temps are no longer in the bazillions I’ve taken it upon myself to [...]


    3. Tom Perrotta is usually very fun to read. I'm pretty sure I've read all his books, and I typically polish them off (meaning I read them, not eat them; you should not eat books) within the day, which for me is impressive. A dinette set could finish a marathon with time to spare well before I complete a book, but Perrotta's voice is easygoing and funny, and a master at pacing if you ask me, so I happily breeze right through. But "Little Children", for which he has arguably received the most attent [...]


    4. Mme e M. BOVARYIl personaggio del capolavoro di Flaubert infesta questo romanzo così come l’odore del caffè francese impregna i negozi Starbucks, dice il critico del New York Times (Will Blythe questa volta): a un certo punto, appare anche un gruppo di lettura su ‘Madame Bovary’ che viene definita da Mary Ann ‘una troia’, mentre Sarah ne pronuncerà elogio e sosterrà motivazioni.Il film è del 2006, diretto da Todd Field, i due protagonisti sono interpretati da un’ottima Kate Wins [...]


    5. Tom Perrotta appeared in my library's Who Writes Like file when I entered Richard Russo's name. Personally, I don't see the resemblance; Perrotta has none of Russo's wonderfully wry wit nevertheless Little Children was a worthwhile albiet quick read. Yes, this is a satire but not a laugh out loud one for me. Infidelity, a knicker-sniffing husband, a convicted child molester, an unfulfilled housewife, a retired cop with a penchant for violence but not too much actually about the 'little children' [...]


    6. This has got to be the first time in my entire life that I thought the movie version of something was better than the book. Yes, I saw the movie first, and perhaps that influenced me. But, man, Tom Perrotta is a crappy writer. I felt like he was just punching a clock here--so much of the writing was dull, cliched, and lifeless. Not only that, the movie managed to create complexity in the characters where the book did not. For instance, the movie actually managed to make me feel sorry for a child [...]


    7. A character study of regretful adults. All reverting back to childhood with their desires and deeds. What do you do when you are unhappy with the choices you have made up to this point in your life? You seek an escape. That is what this novel is about. One of my recurring complaints about books in general is product placement. Ignoring my anti-consumerist attitude this was a good read. The ending was perfect.


    8. 4.5 stars - Incredible. I really loved it.Essentially, this is a very cynical book that explores the various forms selfishness can take through the viewpoints of several deeply flawed characters living in suburbia. If you don't count the measly 5% I read the night I started this one, then I read it in one day, not wanting to put it down. Apparently there is a movie based on it that I need to check out now. Loved this one and think it is a book that begs to be discussed in a group. But be warned, [...]


    9. Perrotta has written a caustically funny satire of thirty-something suburban American life that we laugh aloud even as we see ourselves and our faults unerringly displayed. Even with his opening salvo--descriptions of the mothers at the playground discussing their children, other mothers’ children, their husbands, their sexual habits (or not)--one cannot help but think this is one author who listens and can make a joke of even the most painful circumstance. No matter how bad or boring things g [...]


    10. I read Little Children after a friend recommended it to me and after I read the actual novel that inspired the movie Election. Little Children is a fantastic book to read when you're in your mid-to-late 20's-early 30's. There was something about the book to me that made me very uncomfortable in some parts because I could recognise my own fears of getting older, being a graduate student, and the possibility that so many years of schooling could amount to absolutely zero.Perhaps it is also because [...]


    11. (Full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter].)For better or for worse, there are a small collection of writers out there who can be called "movie authors," for lack of a better term; those who have had multiple novels adapted into films now, because of writing screenplay-friendly books or having an amazing agent or whatever the reason. And as far as the traditional literary world, these writers can be found scattered all the way through the food ch [...]


    12. Wowzers-- If you thought the movie was good (which it was) then you'll love the book. Simply amazing. And harsh. And brutal. And real. The child molester story was hauntingly sad, and the affair with 'The Prom King' was wonderfully written. You FEEL the excitement mixed with shame oozing from the characters. This was a great read- so good that I have bought copies of this book for friends to read!


    13. Expertly written, with a cynical touch that keeps you smiling while you read, Perrota paints a perfect portrait of the lives of people engulfed by routine, regrets and lives that make them fantasize for a better tomorrow.


    14. Little Children by Tom Perrotta: A little stream-of-consciousness exercise Intense. Polarizing. Revolting. Train Wreck. Cloying. I know these people. I am not these people. I understand these people. Did he really just say that? Sad. Comic. A perfect satire. Upsetting. Wonderfully unlikable characters. Suburban noir. Delee must read this.So I've been in this women's book club at my lib for about a year now. We've been reading serious and usually depressing historical fiction that is aimed at a f [...]


    15. ***NO SPOILERS***Perrotta got it just right in this expertly written examination of suburban ennui and disillusionment, focusing on some young married-with-children couples and how they interact with each other, in both private and public ways. It's sometimes uncomfortable and a touch sad, and that's what makes it so great--there's real truth here. Scenes at a public pool work especially well to highlight the "suburbanness" of these characters' lives. Anyone who's every wondered, "This is it?" w [...]


    16. Starting tonight(9-1-17) and, I almost forgot, R.I.P. to Denis Johnson, one of my very favorite writers, who passed away in May. Just found out about it. Not big national news I guess. When he was good(Jesus' Son, Angels, Train Dreams) he was very, very good. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. One National Book Award for Tree of Smoke(not that good - IMHO).Got well into this last night and by the time I'd put it down(reluctantly) I had reached a pretty favorable opinion of the proceedings. [...]


    17. Wow. At over 300 pages, I enjoyed this book so much it seemed more like a short story. It reads like a steamy soap opera with lots of dark undertones and shrewd observations about parenthood and marriage; and characters who are flawed but mostly likable. Even the villain of the piece, a convicted child molester, is portrayed with a degree of sympathy. This man moves back to his mother's home after being released from prison, sending the small suburban town into panic and paranoia. His presence a [...]


    18. If you have seen the movie adaptation of this book starring Kate Winslet, which is very good, it follows the book pretty closely until the very end. "Is That All There Is?" – Peggy LeeThis is a satire about traditional suburban life in mainstream America. Almost everyone seems to be living the idyllic American dream. Two of the characters, Todd (married to Kathy) and Sarah (married to Richard) feel shackled, disillusioned and unfulfilled by the constraints and trappings of their conventional s [...]




    19. While not every aspect of the story necessarily rings true, Perotta does a fantastic job of creating a secret world between Sarah and Todd, using the characters' own flaws to develop his story and build suspense. Personally, I don't know that the sex-offender subplot did much for the story and I could've done without it, particularly considering its overall "preachy" tone (which may be unavoidable when writing about so delicate a subject). While I can appreciate that the idea was to parallel a l [...]


    20. So far this year, I've been doing a great job of picking out books exactly in line with my tastes. This Tom Perrotta book was an enjoyable quick read, an appropriate change of pace after "The Denial of Death," which was the last thing I read--and a book I had a hard time getting my mind off of, days afterwards. Perrotta writes in a relatively straight-forward manner, with lots of dialogue. Lots of really fucking GREAT dialogue.The story is about a few early-thirties-aged individuals in a small t [...]


    21. Oh, Tom Perrotta. How I adore you.There is one common denominator in Perrotta books: infidelity/adultery.I've often questioned whether this is a common denominator in Perrotta's relationships, as well, or simply a fantasty he entertains. But whatever, I digress.Little Children is a dark satire into middle/upper-class suburbia, where moms at the playground compete with each other on who has the nicest J. Crew khakis or who remembers to bring the snacks, stay-at-home-dads can be labeled "Prom King [...]


    22. I was disturbed by the topics raised in this book not so much because I am a prude but rather because I'm an idealist. Perhaps I am a bit naive but I'd certainly like to think that infidelity is less common place than the literary world makes it seem. Perrota definitely likes to incorporate sexuality into his writing and Little Children is no exception. Oddly, I found the characterization of the convicted child molester less unsettling than the pantie-sniffing web surfer or his wife's affair. We [...]


    23. Man, I have a difficult time with this book (especially in light of recently seeing the movie). Perrotta uses his usual awkward grace in developing awkward characters, and created a novel more complete and thoughtful than any of his previous ones. He still has some of the same problems as in his earlier novels (the random addition of a secondary or tertiary character's perspective for just one brief segment, for convenience in the plot, is as annoying here as it is in Election), but I felt like [...]


    24. A quick and enjoyable read, with lots to say about what marriage and love and child-rearing really mean. What they really mean, according to Perotta, is a lot of unfulfilled fantasies, disappointments, and a touch of real enjoyment. Since I generally view life in this sort of semi-cynical way, I found a lot to identify with in this book. Another aspect of the book that I liked was the way Perotta dealt with the arrival of a convicted sex offender in the sleepy suburban neighborhood he paints so [...]


    25. I don't usually read a book after seeing the movie, but there were a few memorable lines in the movie that I was hoping originated in the book. An interesting story about the choices you make in your daily life, combating the terror of normality that hits once you have become an adult, and the consequences of both."What was adult life but one moment of weakness piled on top of another? Most people just fell in line like obedient little children, doing exactly what society expected of them at any [...]


    26. This is an author I have really enjoyed reading. This book was very good and different. It is just a story about a group of neighbors and how their lives intersect. So it may seem like a simple story but there is a lot going on in the background to bring the people together by the end of the book. Really good read, really quick read. I plan to watch the movie soon as I want to see the characters come to life.


    27. The movie, starring Kate Winslet, was nominated for three Academy Awards (I didn't see it.). The book wasn't that great. I mean, it wasn't bad. If it had been, I would've stopped reading it. I'm not one of the many people I know who feel compelled to finish reading a book once they start it. The book kept me reading in the first half because I thought it had potential for a big payoff in the second half, but then it mostly disappointed. The storyline involving Ronald James McGorvey, convicted se [...]


    28. A lot of people find it hard to remember the first good movie that they ever saw. For me it is a piece of cake. It's this movie that struck me so hard that I kept gazing at the black screen with the cast names in bewilderment. It was so neat and so tidy. Everything was a little bit cheesy in the start giving you the feel-good movie feeling. The lovely voice of the narrator that entertained you even though he was talking about Richard's creepy fetish. A lot of dark humor. And then just at the end [...]


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