Little Children

A Novel

Tom Perrotta

St. Martin's Griffin

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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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THE YOUNG MOTHERS WERE TELLING EACH OTHER HOW TIRED they were. This was one of their favorite topics, along with the eating, sleeping, and defecating habits of their offspring, the merits of certain local nursery schools, and the difficulty of sticking to an exercise routine. Smiling politely to mask a familiar feeling of desperation, Sarah reminded herself to think like an anthropologist. I'm a researcher studying the behavior of boring suburban women. I am not a boring suburban woman myself.

"Jerry and I started watching that Jim Carrey movie the other night?"

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Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta is the author of Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Election, and Joe College. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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Little Children
A Novel
Tom Perrotta

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312315733
ISBN10: 0312315732
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
August 2006
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312990329
ISBN10: 0312990324
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 336 pages
$7.99

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April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429907828
ISBN10: 1429907827
368 pages
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