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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.

Published: Macmillan Publishers on Apr 1, 2007
ISBN: 9781429907828
List price: $9.99
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Surprisingly entertaining considering that all of the characters are absolutely miserable.read more
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Another good novel from the author of 'Election'. It is a sharp satire that still manages to show a lot of compassion to its characters (even the most flawed of them and those that I felt really didn't deserve it).read more
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Perotta is haunting and complex. Wonderful writer. This book (and the movie) are so richly presented, you feel right in that world. Also shows how our minds and choices can wreak havoc on our lives.read more
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Surprisingly entertaining considering that all of the characters are absolutely miserable.
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Another good novel from the author of 'Election'. It is a sharp satire that still manages to show a lot of compassion to its characters (even the most flawed of them and those that I felt really didn't deserve it).
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Perotta is haunting and complex. Wonderful writer. This book (and the movie) are so richly presented, you feel right in that world. Also shows how our minds and choices can wreak havoc on our lives.
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This was a quick, enjoyable read. As always, I wish I'd read it before seeing the movie. I really enjoyed the film, and didn't know it was a book until I read the DVD case. The book includes, of course, a lot more detail about the lives of the characters, especially those who aren't Sarah or Todd. I won't spoil the ending of either the book or the movie, but I will just say that I did not like the ending of the book. It just seemed very unlikely to me. Overall, though, I had a very fun time reading this and look forward to discussing it with my moms club!
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Easy, light, fun read, but not original with regard to characters, dialogue or plot. The characters were quite shallow, self absorbed and cynical. They didn't really interest me, but I think this was the point. However, the book was a welcome rest from more thought-provoking, complex and skillfully written books. Basically it is a quick, fun read that demands very little from the reader.
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I found Little Children to be a highly entertaning read. The characters are so real that I can picture each one so clearly and was easily pulled in to the novel. I watched the film last year, so I already knew the story, but the endings are so different (I perfer the movie ending). The ending, in my opinion, fell a little flat, but I thought the setting (a playground) was perfect. Overall, I enjoyed the novel and do recommend it.
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