- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (April 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042515954X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425159545
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,810,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies Paperback – April 1, 1997
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Overall the book has a light, humorous tone though it has some disturbing moments. The author has an appealing, unpretentious prose style - easy to read, good ear for vernacular, nicely noted details. I lived in that time and it all rings true.
The stories are each little slices of life. Some of the later ones are about girls Buddy is involved with. I'd say my favorite stories were Forgiveness and The Jane Pasco Fan Club.
This was my first experience with Perrotta. I think I'm going to check out some of his other stuff now. It was that good.
The collection starts with "Weiner Man," the tale of Buddy in the cub scouts, a man dressed in an oversized weiner outfit, and his mother who knew Weiner Man from high school. Sweet and strange, it's the perfect gateway into this frank collection. It is followed by stories involving dating, fighting, family, school, drugs, and alcohol. Just your typical, red-blooded New Jersey suburban upbringing, is all. But what a ride.
I feel this book is overlooked for two reasons -- it's an "early" work by an author who later became famous and it's a short story collection, which will always play second fiddle to the novel. Don't let it scare you away, however. Although anyone can enjoy this work, it's almost a sure bet if you're a male boomer out of the 'burbs. So go ahead. Get a haircut. Even if it's bad, they always grow out...