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Nine Inches: Stories Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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“The acclaimed novelist displays perfect tonal pitch in this story collection, as nobody explores the darker sides of suburbia with a lighter touch.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Told with wit and grace, Perrotta's story collection lays bare the shifting relationships we all suffer and seldom comprehend, presenting characters who are ambushed by the hidden intentions of people they thought they knew.” ―Publishers Weekly
“In this strong collection of short stories, Perrotta once again peeks behind the living-room curtains of manicured suburbia and imagines characters whose lives are less than tidy.” ―People
“[A] wickedly funny collection of suburbia-skewering stories.” ―Harper's Bazaar
“Perrotta's stuff is dark, but it goes down so easy, especially when bite-size.” ―New York magazine
“The novelist who so perfectly captured the insanity of suburbia in The Leftovers and Little Children returns to the form that made him famous in this darkly comic collection of stories.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“The stories hang together so beautifully, the writing is so stylistically consistent, and the themes are so closely related, the book comes across like a novel, or a collection of interlocking stories. It's as if we're wandering through a single community in a particular town, as in James Joyce's "Dubliners" or in so many of Ann Beattie's and Raymond Carver's collections. We're in PerrottaWorld, where the stories and characters and their concerns all seem to rhyme with one another.” ―Boston Globe
“Perrotta fixates on small-town types whose complex quirks make them not extraordinary or noble but average; what is extraordinary is Perrotta's empathic insight into how his characters cope--or, short of that, forget.” ―Elle
“The descendant of such chroniclers of small-town America as Thornton Wilder, John O'Hara, and Willa Cather...Perrotta's language never announces itself; it recedes into the background, allowing the characters, with their convincing and contemporary dialogue, to drive the narrative in a way that sounds organic and true.” ―New York Times
“Tom Perrotta has proven time and again that he has a tremendous gift for telling darkly comedic tales of suburban ennui, as seen through the eyes of a seemingly endless stable of hilariously sad (and sadly hilarious) protagonists. Perrotta's latest book, an ingratiating collection of sublimely paced short stories, filled with masterful character sketches and comically vexatious scenarios, extends his streak.” ―Time Out
“The ray of light in Perrotta's new stories comes from his characters' belated recognition of their foibles and failures, and their earnest and quintessentially American yearning to do better.” ―National Public Radio
Top Customer Reviews
The best thing about author Tom Perrotta is his ability to dive directly into his characters hearts, souls, minds, and emotions. He makes his characters NOT perfect; they are extremely human and therefore full of little flaws and the imperfections that make all of us human.
This is my first book of short stories by Perrotta; I have read and enjoyed LITTLE CHILDREN and THE WISHBONES. This book certainly did not disappoint. There are ten stories and each and every one of them were practically perfectly written, holding my interest, surprising and shocking me, and sometimes making me laugh out loud or turn to tears. Perrotta has the human factor down pat.
A few of my favorites from this sweeping little book are:
BACKRUB -- A pizza delivery boy has a strange relationship with a police officer. Our delivery guy is taking a 'break' between high school and college and decides that delivering pizza would be a great way to make some cash and pass the time. However, things are not what they seem and there is much more substance to this story than a hot and cheesy pizza being delivered. Why isn't he going to college when he should be? Is there really money to be made in the pizza delivery business? What is up with the police officer? Read this shocking little yarn and find out!
THE TEST-TAKER -- Is another winner regarding a high school student who is paid big bucks to take SAT testing for other students. It is a booming business and one this guy excels at. He has a boss who picks his clients carefully and who supplies all the fake IDs required. One day, however, Josh, our test-taker, looses control and the results are unbelievable.Read more ›
Nine Inches Stories is Perrotta's second collection of shorts. Perrotta really excels at writing both novels and short stories, but as I have a huge affinity for shorts, making me extra excited for this collection.
It's strong and I enjoyed every story. However, the big stand-out was The Chosen Girl about a lonely senior citizen who reaches out to a young girl in a religious cult. It has a completely different feel from the other stories, yet it still keeps with Perrotta's usual theme of adult/teenager connections. Perrotta has a unique spin on what it means to grow up and often plays with ideas of how we are shaped by our childhood. The lines between adults and children are often blurred.
Another great piece was Senior Season, about a boy whose football injuries prevent him from playing in his senior year and the impact that it has both on his social life and the way that he views his life trajectory. As an adult reading this story, we know that high school is only a blip on the radar, but Perrotta so deftly writes the character's pain and frustration, that you can't help but have sympathy for him, even through his dramatic teenage gestures and complaints.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always considered Truman Capote's short stories to be the best, no contest. Now I'm not sure. I love this book so much, I'm considering buying several copies so that I have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CrashyMashy
As with the author's other works, the theme in this series of short stroies is suburban angst and anxiety presented in a gently satirical and nonjudgemental manner. The result? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Billy Boy
I really enjoyed reading this book; interesting stories and characters.Published 11 months ago by Anne Marie
Perrotta has an an ablity to understand his protagonist in every story that he creates, and more importantly, he has a talent to give each one such a clarifying weakness that the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lisa Patterson
It's just like daydreaming. The story ends but you want to know what happens next. You know the characters from the first paragraph.Published 15 months ago by Ed Itor
A great collection of stories of a slightly dark, mildly dysfunctional but rather funny side of suburban life. Unless, of course iit's about you.Published 15 months ago by Mark Worobetz