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Little Children by Tom Perrotta
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Aug 29, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in September, 2007

A quick and enjoyable read, with lots to say about what marriage and love and child-rearing really mean. What they really mean, according to Perotta, is a lot of unfulfilled fantasies, disappointments, and a touch of real enjoyment. Since I generally view life in this sort of semi-cynical way, I found a lot to identify with in this book.

Another aspect of the book that I liked was the way Perotta dealt with the arrival of a convicted sex offender in the sleepy suburban neighborhood he paints so convincingly. I liked his light touch, his suggestions that neither utter condemnation nor complete forgiveness are appropriate for Ronnie, "the pervert." Ronnie is a horribly unpleasant character, but he is capable of love, loneliness, and shame, just like the rest of us. And Ronnie's great adversary, Larry, is also very unpleasantly flawed. Three cheers for books that admit there is gray in the world and not just black and white!
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Michael I was beginning to think no one enjoyed it, I agree.

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