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Perrotta, Tom 1961-

Works: 55 works in 272 publications in 6 languages and 16,887 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Drama  College stories  Musical fiction  Short stories  Satire  Film adaptations  Humorous stories 
Roles: Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3566.E6948, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Tom Perrotta
Little children by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
38 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A group of young suburban parents, including a stay-at-home dad, a former feminist, and an over-structured mom, finds its sleepy existence shattered when a convicted child molester moves back into town and two of the parents have an affair
The abstinence teacher by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
22 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and French and held by 2,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Teaching human sexuality from a perspective that information and pleasure are top priorities, divorced mom Ruth Ramsey butts heads with the local soccer coach, a divorced former addict who became an evangelical Christian after hitting rock bottom
The leftovers by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
24 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 2,520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What if--whoosh, right now, with no explanation--a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down? That's what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened--not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children. Kevin Garvey, Mapleton's new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin's own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin's teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she's definitely not the sweet 'A' student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he's distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start. With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss"--Provided by publisher
Joe College by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For many Ivy League college students, spring break means a raucous road trip to a spot in the sun. For Danny, a Yale junior, the spring of 1982 means two weeks in central New Jersey behind the wheel of his dad's lunch truck, the "Roach Coach." But Danny can use the time with the coffee urn to try to make sense of a love life that's gotten a little complicated."--Jacket
The wishbones by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
12 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A wacky novel on a New Jersey band whose players are unusual characters. The hero is Dave, a courier during the week and a guitarist on weekends. After proposing marriage to his high school sweetheart of 15 years, Dave promptly falls for another woman. Another player is writing a musical on the JFK assassination. By the author of Bad Haircut
Election : a novel by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A high-school presidential election, contested by a hunky football hero and a sex bomb. The novel describes the intrigues of the students and the teachers on behalf of the candidates. By the author of The Wishbones
Leftovers by Tom Perrotta ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an event known as the Sudden Departure, scores of people have suddenly disappeared. Mapleton's new mayor, Kevin Garvey, aims to pick up the pieces of his wounded community. But Garvey must also face the reality of his own badly broken family in this powerful and deeply moving novel about people struggling to hold onto a belief in their own futures
Nine inches : stories by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of stories focuses on suburban nuclear families, including "Senior Season," "Nine Inches" and "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face."
The abstinence teacher by Tom Perrotta ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ruth Ramsey, the human sexuality teacher at the local high school, butts heads with the soccer coach, Tim Mason, a former addict who became an evangelical Christian after hitting rock bottom
The best American short stories 2012 : selected from U. S. and Canadian magazines ( Book )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tom Perrotta explains in his introduction that "all of [these stories] took me somewhere I didn't expect to go, and jolted me into that state of heightened awareness and emotional receptivity that's one of the great rewards of reading good fiction." The characters in these stories seek to discover something lacking in their life. Their stories take sharp and surprising turns and often reach dazzling conclusions. In Nathan Englander's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank," a playful discussion between two married couples veers into darker territory, exposing a secret that might have been better left unspoken. Taiye Selasi writes a portrait of a motherless girl on the cusp of pubescence in Africa, where womanhood may not be something to be celebrated. "What's Important is Feeling: by Adam Wilson gives us a window onto a movie set where the narrator aches for something cinematic to happen in his life. Roxane Gay's "North Country" introduces us to an unlikely couple who circle each other in a wary dance of approach and avoidance. An unexpected visitor with a brown glass bottle kicks off a wonderfully strange fable about how we look at ourselves in Steven Millhauser's "Miracle Polish." Full of clear, idiosyncratic voices and intriguing points of view, this multifaceted collection will reward readers. And, as Perrotta unapologetically states, "By any standard, this year's batch of stories is pretty damn good."
Little children by Tom Perrotta ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Unhappily married Sarah passes her days at the local playground with her three-year-old daughter. When happily unemployed Todd (also married) and Sarah meet, their attraction is immediate. They begin a passionate affair just as their suburban utopia is rattled by the arrival of registered sex offender Ronald James McGorvey. With McGorvey in town, disgusted parents wonder if any of their little children will be safe
Election by Alexander Payne ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tracy Flick (Witherspoon), a straight-A go-getter is determined to be president of Carver High's student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick) decides to derail Tracy's obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. Mr. M. never imagines that stopping Tracy is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube
Bad haircut : stories of the seventies by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The protagonist is Buddy, a teenager from New Jersey, and the stories follow his progress from an idealistic Boy Scout to a conformist giving in to peer pressure. A tale of growing up
Nine inches by Tom Perrotta ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Little children : the shooting script by Todd Field ( Book )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leftovers by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nadat een deel van de wereldbevolking in het niets is opgelost, moet het overgebleven deel deze onbegrijpelijke ramp zien te verwerken. Post-apocalyptische satire
Little children by Todd Field ( Visual )
22 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sarah Pierce is a new stay at home mom struggling with the solitude of her new role. Spending every moment with a three year old tests the patience of the one-time English scholar. One day, at a local playground, she interacts with a group of moms and the differences are clear. They embrace motherhood and seem to relish all that their new role brings. One day, Brad, a stay at home dad brings his son to the playground. Sarah is amazed to find these mom have never talked to Brad and one of the women bets Sarah five dollars that she won't get his phone number. Sarah not only gets his phone number, but he lets him in on the joke and they hug and kiss. Emasculated by his wife, Kathy, Brad becomes slightly obsessed with finding ways to demonstrate he can still produce testosterone. Soon, Sarah and Brad start a passionate affair. At the same time, their quiet suburban community deals with Ronnie, a convicted pedophile who has just been released from prison. He returns to his mother's home and she helps him endure the constant taunts of an overzealous neighbor. These lives intersect in suprising and potentially dangerous ways
Brave huisvaders by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in Dutch and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Een ongelukkige jonge moeder uit een moderne Amerikaanse buitenwijk begint een relatie met een aantrekkelijke vader die twijfelt over zijn toekomst als advocaat
Lessen in onthouding by Tom Perrotta ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in Dutch and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Een lerares seksuele voorlichting en een evangeliserende gymnastiekleraar belichamen twee tegensgestelde stromingen op een Amerikaanse middelbare school
The Wishbones [a novel] by Tom Perrotta ( Recording )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Audience level: 0.18 (from 0.12 for Leftovers ... to 0.66 for Little chi ...)
Alternative Names
Перротта, Том, 1961-
English (198)
French (5)
German (4)
Dutch (4)
Multiple languages (2)
Czech (1)