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Little Children by Tom Perrotta
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Aug 24, 2007

really liked it
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It's a depressing book about the empty, selfish lives of people in the 'burbs. People looking for someone to save them from the reality of ordinary lives.

Quotes from the book:

"It wasn't that easy to tell one weekday from the next anymore; they all just melted together like a bag of crayons left out in the sun."

"I am a painfully ordinary person ... destined to live a painfully ordinary life."

"If there was one thing life had taught him, it was that it was ridiculous to be at war with your own desires. You always lost in the end, so the interlude of struggle never amounted to anything but so much wasted time. It was much more efficient to give in right away, make your mistakes, and get on with the rest of your life."

"They hit it off right away, though he suspected later that this instant intimacy had less to do with any real connection between them than it did with the fact that they were both desperately lonely and waiting for someone to rescue them."

"It's not the cheating. It's the hunger for an alternative. The refusal to accept unhappiness."
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