Nine Inches

Nine Inches

Book - 2013
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The new collection from the New York Times bestselling author of The Leftovers and Little Children, featuring stories focusing on Perrotta's familiar suburban nuclear families.

Tom Perrotta's first book, Bad Haircut, consisted of linked stories featuring a shared protagonist. Now, nineteen years later, he has written and compiled his first true short story collection. This twelve story collection features a group set in Perrotta's trademark suburban setting, focusing on the fissures in families and unexpected connections among members of typical American communities, including "Senior Season" and "Nine Inches." Other offerings showcase Perrotta's assured, smooth writing, but many may surprise fans with new protagonists and concerns. One of these twistier stories is "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face," which was the Boston Book Festival's first all-city One City, One Story selection in 2010.

Following up on his dramatic and bestselling novel The Leftovers, which is being developed by HBO as a series, Nine Inches is a varied and interesting book from one of our most thoughtful and elegant writers.

Publisher: Toronto : Astoria, 2013
ISBN: 9781770894273
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 246 p. ;,21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Sep 06, 2014

A fine collection of short stories from the author of "The Leftovers," "Little Children," and "Election."

mawls Mar 27, 2014

Tom Perrotta's short stories cover the every day problems people face in contemporary life. This is a good one to pick up if you like stories about relationships between neighbors and families. Also Perrotta's writing style is so smooth, you barely notice you're at the end before you've finished a story. A joy to read.

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hmark33
Dec 08, 2013

Wow! WOW! Tom Perrota is a genius who's ear and pen captures the hearts and minds of real people. I constantly had to remind myself that this was a fiction book. One of my favorite books ever!

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acornsandnuts
Aug 22, 2013

Perrotta's gift comes from his ability to look into the everyday lives of people and find the one thing that sets a person apart, following that thread to conclusions at turns darkly comic, staggeringly clear, deeply ironic, and heartbreaking. This is on display in NINE INCHES, but the short form seems to take from this ability to spin a story; some stories -- like KIDDIE POOL and THE CHOSEN GIRL hit the reader like a punch; others, like THE TEST TAKER, feel like immature exercises in frustration and revenge. Perrotta fans will not want to miss; simply be prepared for the unevenness.

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