Little Children Author:Tom Perrotta 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 mo... more »re 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.« less
Loaded with unlikeable, self absorbed characters I was unable to emotionally connect with Sarah and Todd...and because of this, I didn't particularly care about their romance or how it would ultimately turn out. Many professional critics dubbed this book laugh out loud funny...but I found it to be overall quite dull and at best mildly amusing in parts. The book is a very interesting look at the lives of several people in the middle of a mid life crisis before mid life. (if that makes a whit of sense). I can definatley see where I would have related to this book more if I had similar life experiences...much as Sarah's views on Madame Bovary change after reading it again later in life. If I'm ever unfortunate enough to be in a position in my life similar to Sarah's...perhaps I will return to Little Children with a fresh set of eyes.