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Joe College

A Novel

Tom Perrotta

St. Martin's Griffin

A New York Times Notable Book

For many Ivy League college students, spring break means a raucous road trip to a spot in the sun. For Danny, a Yale junior, the spring of 1982 means two weeks behind the wheel of the Roach Coach, his dad's lunch truck in central New Jersey.
 
But Danny can use the time behind the coffee urn to try and make sense of a love life that's gotten a little complicated. At home, there's loyal and patient Cindy and her recently-dropped bombshell. There is also Polly in New Haven—with her shifting moods, perfect thrift store dresses and inconvenient liaison with a dashing professor.  If those problems aren't enough, there's the menace of the Lunch Monsters, a group of thugs who think Danny has planted the Roach Coach in their territory.

Joe College is Tom Perrotta's comic journey into the dark side of young love, higher education and food service.

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Joe College
part onepencil dicksAll through that winter and into the spring, when our Tuesday- and Thursday-night dinner shifts were done, Matt and I would sit at the long table near the salad bar and plan his end-of-the-year party, our voices echoing importantly in the cavernous wood-panelled dining hall."What do you think?" he asked. "We gonna need more than two kegs?""Depends, I guess. How many people are coming?""A lot." Matt fixed me with those weirdly translucent blue eyes of his, eyes that sometimes made me think I was looking straight into his head. "I'm just gonna plaster the campus
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Praise for Joe College

"An overwhelmingly pleasing book"--The New York Times
 
"An absorbing, fleshed-out portrait of an American male edging toward adulthood by crossing seemingly rigid social boundaries."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"Companionable and humane, lighthearted and surprisingly touching."--Newsweek
 
“Perrotta transforms eighties nostalgia into art.”—Entertainment Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tom Perrotta

  • Tom Perrotta is also the author of LITTLE CHILDREN, ELECTION, THE WISHBONES and BAD HAIRCUT.  He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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Tom Perrotta

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