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Tom Perrotta S Thirtyish 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 At The Playground, And His Wife, Kathy, A Documentary Filmmaker Envious Of The Connection Todd Has Forged With Their Toddler Son And There S Sarah, A Lapsed Feminist Surprised To Find She S Become A Typical Wife In A Traditional Marriage, And Her Husband, Richard, Who Is Becoming And Involved With An Internet Fantasy Life Than With His Own Wife And Child And Then There S Mary Ann, Who Has Life All Figured Out, Down To A Scheduled Roll In The Hay With Her Husband Every Tuesday At Nine PMThey All Raise Their Kids In The Kind Of Quiet Suburb Where Nothing Ever Seems To Happen Until One Eventful Summer, When A Convicted Child Molester Moves Back To Town, And Two Parents Begin An Affair That Goes Further Than Either Of Them Could Ever Have Imagined

10 thoughts on “Little Children

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    The movie adaptation of this book was on TV recently which reminded me that I had read this book quite some time ago Little Children focuses on couples in their thirties living in a quiet Boston suburb where nothing really happens One summer all of that changes when a convicted pedophile moves into the neighborhood.Sarah and Richard Sarah was once a radical feminist She never thought she would be where she is or who she is today a common housewife Her husband, Richard secludes himself in his study ignoring his wife and child as he becomes and involved with internet porn.Kathy and Todd Kathy is a successful documentary filmmaker Her husband Todd stays at home taking care of their toddler son Kathy feels like she is missing out and is envious of the connection Todd has with their son She continuously pressures Todd to take the bar exam he doesn t tell her he doesn t want to be a lawyer He tells his wife he is out studying for the exam but instead tries to relive his youth watching a bunch of kids skateboarding Mary Ann and Louis Mary Ann thinks the key to life is to have everything scheduled down to the minute This includes scheduling sex with her husband, Louis every Tuesday evening at nine p.m.When Ronald McGorvey, convicted sex offender moves into the neighborhood the residents are angry Especially retired cop Larry Three years ago something happened while on duty that ended up forcing him into early retirement His wife and kids have left him He decides to take it upon himself to rid the neighborhood of Ronald or Ronnie To get out of the house Sarah starts hanging around the playground with her daughter, Lucy Todd has also been bringing his son to the same playground All of the other mothers think Todd is gorgeous and refer to him as Prom King One day the mothers dare Sarah to walk up to Todd and ask for his phone number Things go even farther and soon the two of them are scheduling play dates for both their children and themselves I read this book over ten years ago I clearly remember reading the synopsis of the book and laughing because there were a few similarities to my life At the time I was still married and both my husband and I were in our thirties My husband s name was also Todd, and he was staying at home to take care of our daughter I wasn t a famous filmmaker but I was working full time and I remember feeling like I was missing out on raising my child And bizarrely sometimes when I picked up my daughter from school, some women would ask where my husband, Hot Toddy was Anyhow back to the book I really enjoyed seeing how the lives of the characters intertwined throughout the novel I thought they were quite well developed Some of the characters were just perfect in their unlike ability The bitchy playground mothers were so well written as were many of the other characters The writer shows how flawed any of us can be How we can all make a bad choice, or give into temptation We don t all behave perfectly all the time I m not saying that everyone is going to give into their temptation but we d be surprised probably to find out what really happens in some of our neighbors lives A lot of references to Madame Bovary in the book At the beginning the women are reading it for their book club Mary Ann Oh that s nice So now cheating on your husband makes you a feminist Sarah Pierce No, no, no It s not the cheating It s the hunger the hunger for an alternative and the refusal to accept a life of unhappiness I really enjoyed the dark humor and thought it was a good, quick and interesting read Lots of food for thought with this one Perfect for book clubs.

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    After all, what was adult life but one moment of weakness piled on top of another Most people just fell in line like obedient little children, doing exactly what society expected of them at any given moment, all the while pretending that they d actually made some sort of choice Tom Perrotta, Little ChildrenWhat happens when your bored and disillusioned When the flatness of the days mold themselves into your soul and you are not SAD just indifferent And you think is this all there is I have read two of Perrotta s books and loved both of them He does have a way of creating bleakness and atmosphere in a really realistic manner.Anyway..Little Children is about the daily grind of life in the suburbs It kind of reminds me of a bit of one of my all time favorite books revolutionary Road While I do not like this as much, it is still an incredible story.The characters created are achingly real And love them or hate them, they are drawn so vividly I was deeply moved by the story of boredom, silent angst and wrong choices which can result in tragic turns of events as well all know.I do seem to be drawn to these types of stories I love the psychological components that often accompany books like this I had the opportunity to read several reviews and many said the film was better I agree slightly but I think that is because the cast in the film gave such incredible performances With his other bookElection, which was also a movie, I disliked the film and loved the book.For fans of Literary Fiction, this is a great pick and it would also be perfect for book groups as there really is so much to talk about.

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    Tom Perrotta is usually very fun to read I m pretty sure I ve read all his books, and I typically polish them off meaning I read them, not eat them you should not eat books within the day, which for me is impressive A dinette set could finish a marathon with time to spare well before I complete a book, but Perrotta s voice is easygoing and funny, and a master at pacing if you ask me, so I happily breeze right through But Little Children , for which he has arguably received the most attention, is in no way his best book Now I still finished it in a day or two, so at least it s not boring I got the impression that Perrotta felt like he was making this ostensibly mind blowing point about the parent child relationship, wanting us to sit down with our head in our hands and murmur My God, my child is not the child, but I, the parent, am really the child, although my child is the child as well, but only because nature has forced him to be a child, whereas I, the parent, a supposed adult, have no such excuse for my childish behavior, and yet I remain a child, a child who has a child I m calling DHS on myself Thank you, Tom Perrotta I hate to think of him snapping his fingers and declaring Aha I will name my book Little Children That s perfect Because it involves little children, like real actual children, but really it s about the little children in all of us Because that s all we are Everyone Honey Honey Where are you Honey, are you in the bathroom Where are you Honey Jesus, there you are How can you stand the TV that loud I just figured it out Guess what I m calling the book Little Children It means two things I guess if you had never read any of his stuff in the past, this book might seem pretty good, and where it was the first novel of his to really spend much time on the charts, it seems likely to me that better than usual marketing coupled with the fact that, on the whole, young parents seem to like to read books is the most viable explanation for the novel s comparatively runaway success Worst of all is the ending, which is just really, really stupid Didn t like the movie much, either.

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    Find all of my reviews at case you haven t seen me brag about it before are unaware, I work a couple of blocks away from this beauty That s just the parking garage So I can go check out books conveniently during my lunch hour There s also the porny library up in the burbs that gives me the hookup on all of my scientific research projects Since Fall has finally fallen and the temps are no longer in the bazillions I ve taken it upon myself to walk down to the ol bibliotech a time or two and since I m a farking crack addict I now have FIFTEEN physical books checked out in addition to a bunch of e copies and eleventy thousand galleys Added bonus, since I suck at reviewing I have actually read a few of these already but keep getting distracted by squirrels the convenience of Kindle notes rather than the inconvenience of post it notes so now I m all like Basically what all that amounts to is you should expect an even shittier review than I generally puke out Okay, so do you ever have a lifetime phase where you are kind of like this And then you take a new job in your company and for the first time in 10 years you are supposed to interact with others and it is extremely people y and you just want to scream But you re trying to pretend you re almost normal and that would totally blow your cover and so you bottle up all of your annoyance until you get home and then you flip out on your husband about shit like And then you finally come to the conclusion that you need to give yourself a time out If the above has ever happened to you I highly suggest reading a book that confirms In order to feel better about yourself Little Children seriously delivered We re talking affairs and secret internet fetishes and a real over achieving PITA supermom you want to punch in the throat and a child molester It probably goes without saying these were all Mitchell s type of people A solid 4 Stars that worked so well it took me almost a whole month to get back to my typical approach to life Even my friend Deanna liked this one and she is pretty much the nicest person ever so now you know you don t have to be a total psychopath like me in order to enjoy it

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    Tom Perrotta appeared in my library s Who Writes Like file when I entered Richard Russo s name Personally, I don t see the resemblance Perrotta has none of Russo s wonderfully wry wit nevertheless Little Children was a worthwhile albiet quick read Yes, this is a satire but not a laugh out loud one for me Infidelity, a knicker sniffing husband, a convicted child molester, an unfulfilled housewife, a retired cop with a penchant for violence but not too much actually about the little children it s an interesting mix As I ve discovered in his other novels, Perrotta likes to talk about moral dilemmas and he put this reader in the moral dilemma of actually pitying a child molester and that did shake me up a little Perrotta writes with a sharp intuition into the human condition this is an interesting, sometimes compelling novel 3.5

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    This has got to be the first time in my entire life that I thought the movie version of something was better than the book Yes, I saw the movie first, and perhaps that influenced me But, man, Tom Perrotta is a crappy writer I felt like he was just punching a clock here so much of the writing was dull, cliched, and lifeless Not only that, the movie managed to create complexity in the characters where the book did not For instance, the movie actually managed to make me feel sorry for a child molester Not the book I also felt like the book completely failed to create a believable bond between the parents and children in the story I m a stay at home mom, and I completely get that staying home can be tough some days, it s brutal, in fact I have no problem seeing that portrayed in fiction it can be done well But the book does nothing to convince us that the main characters give even the slightest damn about their children.It s a first for me, for sure, but this is one case where the screenplay writer was a better artist than the novelist.

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    A character study of regretful adults All reverting back to childhood with their desires and deeds What do you do when you are unhappy with the choices you have made up to this point in your life You seek an escape That is what this novel is about One of my recurring complaints about books in general is product placement Ignoring my anti consumerist attitude this was a good read The ending was perfect.

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    4.5 stars Incredible I really loved it.Essentially, this is a very cynical book that explores the various forms selfishness can take through the viewpoints of several deeply flawed characters living in suburbia If you don t count the measly 5% I read the night I started this one, then I read it in one day, not wanting to put it down Apparently there is a movie based on it that I need to check out now Loved this one and think it is a book that begs to be discussed in a group But be warned, if you must like the main characters to enjoy a book, like feel good novels, or prefer a neat and happy ending, then this is not the book for you Favorite Quote She would be a mentor and an inspiration to girls like herself, the quiet ones who d sleepwalked their way through high school, knowing nothing except that they couldn t possibly be happy with any of the choices the world seemed to be offering them First Sentence The young mothers were telling each other how tired they were.

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    Perrotta got it just right in this expertly written examination of suburban ennui and disillusionment Little Children focuses on some young married with children couples and how they interact with each other, in both private and public ways It s sometimes uncomfortable and a touch sad, and that s what makes it so great there s real truth here Scenes at a public pool work especially well to highlight the suburbanness of these characters lives Anyone who s ever wondered, This is it when pondering their mundane lives may find Little Children quite resonant.

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    Perrotta has written a caustically funny satire of thirty something suburban American life that we laugh aloud even as we see ourselves and our faults unerringly displayed Even with his opening salvo descriptions of the mothers at the playground discussing their children, other mothers children, their husbands, their sexual habits or not one cannot help but think this is one author who listens and can make a joke of even the most painful circumstance No matter how bad or boring things get, he ll be able to see what is funny in it Perrotta takes a stab at the politically correct skewering the liberal left for believing the child molester was probably innocent because he wasn t convicted of murder , and the righteous right for believing the child molester was guilty before he was convicted of murder The problems and insecurities and small mindedness and flat out lying that all the characters exhibit tell us so much about what we think we can get away with and never can but such outrageous and egregious faults Perrotta must have sat around thinking of what would be the worst of all the faults one could encounter in a spouse faithlessness, online porn and used panty fantasist, child molester, alcoholic, serial failure when the child molester wishes he were an alcoholic instead, one just knows there is no way to escape unscathed But we have seen these characters, or parts of them, in the people around us They are familiar, but not as funny as in this book Here people are so flagrant and so flawed and so other that we can laugh and claim they are not us But when our handsome no pads neighborhood football QB and unfaithful spouse, Todd, says to his working wife, Sarah Sarah who we cringe for him, for his wife, for the children, for ourselves because he we are fooling ourselves that we can get away with something when the game is already up Someone has caught us out, seen us for who and what we are But somehow, Perrotta still allows us to laugh, despite the sordid tragedy of it all.