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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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Little Children
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4.3 / 5
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December 19th, 2013
For those who loved the film and wanted more, read the book and you wont be dissappointed. What i had was a slice, and now i have the whole. Each character has a verisimilitude attitude that mirrors a small part of you, and makes you feel guilty for quickly judging them once you realize that they are not merely archetypes. I end up yearning and hoping, as Sarah had, to have it all work out, to have that little glimpse of what could be, for a shot of a little happiness.
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Great read
December 19th, 2013
For those who loved the film and wanted more, read the book and you wont be dissappointed. What i had was a slice, and now i have the whole. Each character has a verisimilitude attitude that mirrors a small part of you, and makes you feel guilty for quickly judging them once you realize that they are not merely archetypes. I end up yearning and hoping, as Sarah had, to have it all work out, to have that little glimpse of what could be, for a shot of a little happiness.
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