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Tom Perrotta's thirty-ish 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 of the playground; Sarah, a lapsed feminist with a bisexual past, who seems to have stumbled into a traditional marriage; Richard, Sarah's husband, who has found himself more and more involved with a fantasy life on the internet than with the flesh and blood in his own house; and Mary Ann, who thinks she has it all figured out, down to scheduling a weekly roll in the hay with her husband, every Tuesday at 9pm. They all raise their kids in the kind of sleepy American suburb where nothing ever seems to happen-at least until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two restless parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could have imagined. Unexpectedly suspenseful, but written with all the fluency and dark humor of Perrotta's previous novels, Little Children exposes the adult dramas unfolding amidst the swingsets and slides of an ordinary American playground.
From Publishers Weekly
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Not flawless but still beautiful
I thought a lot about this book after I finished it. Well written, though for me the tempo is off in the final chapters as it cuts between scenes. I was most taken by the character personalities, how well developed and how accurate the title really is. A worthwhile read.
Starts off good with a less than dramatic ending
A good read but the ending was just not that great. It did not leave me wanting more.
Maybe it was just my download
but chapter four (titled Book Group) of part II of the novel is cut off.