Friday, October 19, 2012

Book It - Little Children

This week’s featured book:

Little Children
Author: Tom Perrotta


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 more and more 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 P.M.

They 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.

My Comments:

This book surpassed my expectations. I didn’t anticipate an overly-interesting read when I started it, and yet I found it to be attention-grabbing and deeply satisfying. It’s a little bit of everything - funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, dramatic - and it all seems to blend so well together. It’s a wonderful satire of suburban parenting with an interesting, complex and imperfect set of characters that you may find yourself relating to in one way or another. Yes, there are some very serious, thought-provoking sections to the story, but it’s also a lot of fun, even hilarious at times. Much more enjoyable than I expected, and definitely worth taking a closer look at.


  1. Hm, I've only seen the movie, which has a narrator reading, I believe, excerpts from the book. Going by those short bits, I can imagine the book is as "attention-grabbing and deeply satisfying" as you describe.

    1. I watched the movie, as well, but didn't enjoy it as much. They've changed some parts in the book, and I wasn't particularly happy with them. The book is much better.