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Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies

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ISBN13: 9781250010032
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New York Times bestselling author Tom Perrotta's first book is "more powerful than any coming-of-age novel" —The Washington Post

Bad Haircut explores the themes that have fascinated Perrotta throughout his career: suburban rituals and mores; sports and religion; the cheerful cheesiness of American consumer life; public tests of manliness; and the moral dilemmas faced by ordinary people, parents, and teenagers alike.  Perrotta has continued to explore these subjects in novels from Election to The Abstinence Teacher.   

The ten rich stories here are linked by a single protagonist: Buddy, an adolescent suburban New Jersey boy who is truly seeing his world for the first time and already finding it both mysterious and lacking.  Whether he's out on a Boy Scout trip with his mother and discovering that his mother actually knows — and has a history with — the man inside the battered foam hot dog costume in "The Weiner Man", feeling the first glimmer that sex might actually be possible for him in "Thirteen", or finding himself swept along on a prank gone very wrong in "Snowman," Buddy is both a recognizable American boy and a trademark Perrotta hero. Bad Haircut is a moving, spare book from a writer who, even this early in his career, had an assured sense of the complexity of his characters emotional landscapes.

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New York Times bestselling author Tom Perrottas first book is "more powerful than any coming-of-age novel" —The Washington Post

 

Bad Haircut explores the themes that have fascinated Perrotta throughout his career: suburban rituals and mores; sports and religion; the cheerful cheesiness of American consumer life; public tests of manliness; and the moral dilemmas faced by ordinary people, parents, and teenagers alike.  Perrotta has continued to explore these subjects in novels from Election to The Abstinence Teacher.   

The ten rich stories here are linked by a single protagonist: Buddy, an adolescent suburban New Jersey boy who is truly seeing his world for the first time and already finding it both mysterious and lacking.  Whether hes out on a Boy Scout trip with his mother and discovering that his mother actually knows—and has a history with—the man inside the battered foam hot dog costume in "The Weiner Man", feeling the first glimmer that sex might actually be possible for him in "Thirteen", or finding himself swept along on a prank gone very wrong in "Snowman," Buddy is both a recognizable American boy and a trademark Perrotta hero.  Bad Haircut is a moving, spare book from a writer who, even this early in his career, had an assured sense of the complexity of his characters emotional landscapes.

About the Author

Tom Perrotta is the author of seven books, most recently The Leftovers.  Two of his novels — Election and Little Children — have been made into acclaimed and award-winning movies.  Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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radiojanice, December 12, 2012 (view all comments by radiojanice)
I bought this book on the basis of just the name over 25 years ago and loved every word and reread it several times and have read every Tom Perotta book since then. I'm excited to see it out again in a new edition. If you survived teenage years in the 70s you will relate to every aching, cringing moment in this book. It's been a long time since I read it, but I recall that while there is some laugh out loud humor and lines that immediately make you want to call friends from junior high, there is so much that is like rereading a diary of your deepest thoughts from a scary time. It's nice to look back and know that you made it. I am looking forward to revisiting this old friend.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250010032
Author:
Perrotta, Tom
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
Perrotta, Paolo
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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New York Times bestselling author Tom Perrottas first book is "more powerful than any coming-of-age novel" —The Washington Post

 

Bad Haircut explores the themes that have fascinated Perrotta throughout his career: suburban rituals and mores; sports and religion; the cheerful cheesiness of American consumer life; public tests of manliness; and the moral dilemmas faced by ordinary people, parents, and teenagers alike.  Perrotta has continued to explore these subjects in novels from Election to The Abstinence Teacher.   

The ten rich stories here are linked by a single protagonist: Buddy, an adolescent suburban New Jersey boy who is truly seeing his world for the first time and already finding it both mysterious and lacking.  Whether hes out on a Boy Scout trip with his mother and discovering that his mother actually knows—and has a history with—the man inside the battered foam hot dog costume in "The Weiner Man", feeling the first glimmer that sex might actually be possible for him in "Thirteen", or finding himself swept along on a prank gone very wrong in "Snowman," Buddy is both a recognizable American boy and a trademark Perrotta hero.  Bad Haircut is a moving, spare book from a writer who, even this early in his career, had an assured sense of the complexity of his characters emotional landscapes.

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