Nine Inches: Stories by Tom PerrottaNine Inches: Stories by Tom Perrotta

Nine Inches: Stories

byTom Perrotta

Paperback | September 10, 2013

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The new collection from the New York Times bestselling author of The Leftovers and Little Children, featuring stories focusing on Perrotta's familiar suburban nuclear families.

Tom Perrotta's first book, Bad Haircut, consisted of linked stories featuring a shared protagonist. Now, nineteen years later, he has written and compiled his first true short story collection. This twelve story collection features a group set in Perrotta's trademark suburban setting, focusing on the fissures in families and unexpected connections among members of typical American communities, including "Senior Season" and "Nine Inches." Other offerings showcase Perrotta's assured, smooth writing, but many may surprise fans with new protagonists and concerns. One of these twistier stories is "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face," which was the Boston Book Festival's first all-city One City, One Story selection in 2010.

Following up on his dramatic and bestselling novel The Leftovers, which is being developed by HBO as a series, Nine Inches is a varied and interesting book from one of our most thoughtful and elegant writers.

Tom Perrotta is the author of eight books, most recently The Leftovers. His breakout novel Little Children was featured on numerous "best of the year" lists, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and National Public Radio, and two of his novels - Election and Little Children - have been made into acclaimed and award-winning movies. ...
Title:Nine Inches: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770894276

ISBN - 13:9781770894273

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Gems I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway Contest. It is not often that I read short stories. I am always reading novels. That doesn't mean that I don't like them. I like them. These stories were entertaining. They touched on various different topics. That is a good thing about short stories, they allow the author to tell different stories with different themes. I like novels in which the author has developed a great character. I am amazed when an author, in a short story, develops a character enough to make him or her believable. I felt the author in these stories did a good job in developing his characters. That made the sory believable and kept then flowing. These stories all seemed to deal with relationships in some way. Some at the high shool age, most older at various ages. All the relationships seem to be far from perfect. This made the book a little more adult oreintated, although there was nothing too expicit. I enjoyed the book. I found the stories entertaining and some amusing. If you like short stories, I recommend the book.
Date published: 2014-04-09

Editorial Reviews

"Nine Inches is a razor-sharp and highly entertaining collection of short stories. It's also a masterful examination of the fragilities that lie just beneath the surface of our everyday veneers." - Patrick Ryan, Toronto Star"With a deft command of structure, [Perrotta] allows multiple characters to cross paths, make mistakes and sometimes correct them, creating ripple effects and counterpoints that add up to a satisfying whole." - Alix Ohlin, New York Times"One of the pleasures of Nine Inches is that...[the stories] have emotional momentum." - Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe"As deeply satisfying and insidiously disturbing as the author's longer fiction." - Kirkus"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." - Publisher's Weekly"...his writing is funny, thoughtful and highly readable." - Nick Healy, Star Tribune"Perrotta novels are known for their unpredictable, edgy content and often morally ambiguous characters. The 12 stories in Nine Inches do not disappoint." - Lindsay McKnight, Winnipeg Free Press"...Perrotta turns his satiric gaze on suburbia and unearths gem after gem about modern life." - Connie Ogle, Miami Herald"Perrotta perfectly captures the low-level agony the people we're forced to engage with [...] can cause us." - Jenny Shank, Dallas Morning News"...first-rate stories for grownups of every stripe." - Joan Silverman, Portland Press Herald"Perrotta's writing style is distinct. He is a direct, conversational, and graceful writer whom eases readers into the work. In particular, Perrotta's writing allows the characters to come alive..." - Kacy Muir, The Weekender"Mr. Perrotta is...heralded as an all-purpose chronicler of suburbia..." - Wall Street Journal"...there are no duds in Nine Inches..." - Heller McAlpin, NPR"The dark suburban tales of Nine Inches are compelling and likely to appeal even to many [people] with no special interest in the short story..." - Nathan Goldman, The Millions"...Perrotta mines his familiar but fascinating territory..." - Henry Goldblatt, Entertainment Weekly"Clear, straightforward and unaffected, the writing in this book dazzles..." - Nastassia Mihalicz, Gauntlet"The author's uncanny finesse with treading the line between the broadly comedic and nearly maudlin by dint of spare language and quiet observation is the gift that separates him from so many chroniclers of our time." - Elizabeth Nelson, Time Out"Perrotta's best asset is his great, big heart: You find yourself rooting for vulnerable antiheroes and heroines..." - Michael Lindgren, Washington Post