Bad Haircut: Stories from the Seventies

Bad Haircut: Stories from the Seventies

by Tom Perrotta
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Bad Haircut: Stories from the Seventies by Tom Perrotta

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250010032
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 139,228
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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.


Belmont, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 13, 1961

Place of Birth:

Summit, New Jersey


B.A. in English, Yale University, 1983; M.A. in English/Creative Writing, Syracuse University, 1988

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a kid from perotta's home town and could definatley relate to all of his tales about grownin' up. I have read the book more than twice, it holds special sentimental value to me as it might as well have been written by some kid who i used to smoke ciggarettes w/ at the little league field. As a young person, the truest light the book sheds on me is: not much has changed in garwood since the 70s. eventhough it might be more special to me than to someone who's not from nj, it still transcends, it is universal. And it could be on everybody's top 10 book list. Thanks Tom Perotta!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great, funny, and interesting stories ¿ you want to both laugh and cry. Mr. Perrotta is a bit older than me, but I could definitely recognize the 70¿s of my childhood in which his stories take place. I found this book almost by accident and am so happy that I did. It¿s all in this book ¿ race relations, first sexual encounters, living and growing with family. A truly wonderful read by an author I cannot wait to read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Perrotta's 'Bad Haircut,' is a book that touches the heart and tickles the tummy. You basically laugh and cry at the same time. This book gives you a simple over view of the simple, yet difficult things in life (in the seventies at least.) I loved it and would read it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fine book which is at times hilarious. It will make the reader laugh out loud. 'Bad Haircut' will resonate with both the children and parents of the 1970's while successfully both traversing and bridging the distance between childhood and adulthood. A touching and enjoyable tome that will be cherished and remembered for the pleasure it brings. I find this book funnier and more deeply felt than Perrotta's subsequent more recent work. I first read 'Bad Haircut' in the hardback small press edition released prior to the current paperback edition. As in the best short fiction Perrotta economically creates a world we inhabit for the brief time it takes to read these vivid stories.
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