We are all Little Children Trying to Get Through Life
Often if I see a movie I really like and then I’ll read the book, which is what happened with Little Children. The movie sticks quite closely to the book except for the ending, which I won’t give away here.
Little children is the story of an over educated homemaker and a stay at home father who meet at a playground where they both bring their children. It is a satirical examination of the mundine life of parenthood and marriage. The satire can be cruel at times, but still funny in a serious kind of way.
Tom Perrotta was really able to get into the heads of his characters, even the females. In fact, if you didn’t know who wrote the book, you may think a woman wrote it. I found this very refreshing. Perrotta was able to weave all the characters and subplots together smoothly and capture the modern, mundane suburban middle-class existence well. This is the first Tom Perrotta book I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last!
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