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Nine Inches


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Nine Inches, Tom Perrotta's first true collection, features ten stories—some sharp and funny, some mordant and surprising, and a few intense and disturbing. Whether he's dropping into the lives of two teachers—and their love lost and found—in "Nine Inches", documenting the unraveling of a dad at a Little League game in "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face", or gently marking the points of connection between an old woman and a benched high school football player in "Senior Season", Perrotta writes with a sure sense of his characters and their secret longings.

Nine Inches contains an elegant collection of short fiction: stories that are as assured in their depictions of characters young and old, established and unsure, as any written today.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 08, 2013 – Told with wit and grace, Perrotta s (The Leftovers) 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. After discovering his wife s infidelities, one man wonders how he could have spent so much time on earth... and understood almost nothing about his life and the lives of the people he was closest to. This lament could be echoed by many of the characters in these stories: the lonely grandmother, the disappointed father, the pizza delivery boy who didn t get into college. A former high school football player, suffering a severe concussion, remarks, One day you feel pretty decent, the next you re a wreck. A doctor separated from his wife observes that good things turned to shit all the time, and you couldn t always see it coming. Yet the stories aren t all bleak; Perrotta allows some of his characters to find redemption, such as a mother who chaperones a high school party and forges an unexpected friendship with a cop who once pointlessly hassled her and her daughter: For a little while, it s like the world just stops, and there s nothing you can do but sit tight and wait for it to start moving again.

Customer Reviews


This book hits you right in the feelings. Really good charectors. Moves your emotions to the point of making you want to write. Just really, really good! It must be fun to be able to do that.

I don't write reviews. It's that good.

Thank you, Mr. Perrotta.

Nine Inches
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Sep 10, 2013
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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