OVERRIDE

Bad Haircut

Stories from the Seventies

Tom Perrotta

St. Martin's Griffin

New York Times bestselling author Tom Perrotta’s first book is "more powerful than any coming-of-age novel" —The Washington Post

 

Bad Haircut explores the themes that have fascinated Perrotta throughout his career: suburban rituals and mores; sports and religion; the cheerful cheesiness of American consumer life; public tests of manliness; and the moral dilemmas faced by ordinary people, parents, and teenagers alike.  Perrotta has continued to explore these subjects in novels from Election to The Abstinence Teacher.   

The ten rich stories here are linked by a single protagonist: Buddy, an adolescent suburban New Jersey boy who is truly seeing his world for the first time and already finding it both mysterious and lacking.  Whether he’s out on a Boy Scout trip with his mother and discovering that his mother actually knows—and has a history with—the man inside the battered foam hot dog costume in "The Weiner Man", feeling the first glimmer that sex might actually be possible for him in "Thirteen", or finding himself swept along on a prank gone very wrong in "Snowman," Buddy is both a recognizable American boy and a trademark Perrotta hero.  Bad Haircut is a moving, spare book from a writer who, even this early in his career, had an assured sense of the complexity of his characters’ emotional landscapes.

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

The Wiener Man
 
 
My mother was a den mother, but she wasn’t fanatical about it. Unlike Mrs. Kerner—the scoutmaster’s wife and leader of our rival den—she didn’t own an official uniform, nor did she attempt to educate us in the finer points of scouting, stuff like knot-tying, fire-building, and secret handshakes. She considered herself a glorified babysitter and pretty much let us do as we pleased at our meetings, just as long as we amused ourselves and kept out of her hair.
We had a den meeting the day the Wonderful Wiener Man came to town in
READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for Bad Haircut

In the Press

Fiction Review: Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies by Tom Perrotta, Author Bridge Works Publishing Company $18.95 (197p) ISBN 978-1-882593-05-7
Amid the current glut of '70s nostalgia, Perrotta has fashioned a moving cycle of stories that looks past the era's celebrated kitsch to still relevant social and cultural issues and the timeless myst
- Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tom Perrotta

  • TOM PERROTTA is the author of seven 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.

  • Tom Perrotta
    Tom Perrotta

MACMILLAN SPEAKERS

Tom Perrotta
X

Macmillan Speakers Bureau

represents thought-provoking authors and experts. We can find a speaker uniquely positioned for your audience and budget.

More info
BACK

BUY THE BOOK

Available Formats and Book Details

Bad Haircut

Stories from the Seventies

Tom Perrotta

BACK

FROM THE PUBLISHER

St. Martin's Griffin

BACK