Nine Inches: Stories

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  • Title: Nine Inches: Stories
  • Author: Tom Perrotta
  • ISBN: 9781250034700
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nine Inches: Stories


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    1. Melki

      There s really no one better than Perrotta at getting inside the mind of the modern suburban male.Picture a guy sporting a full on dad bod He misses the glory days when he could go all night and take no prisoners Though he loves the family he has created, he blames his wife and kids for robbing him of his youth, his freedom Perhaps the wife is not as forthcoming as she once was This is why he s considering an affair Life didn t turn out quite the way he had hoped He s not exactly miserable it ju [...]

    2. Lyn

      Chuck Palhniuk without the over the top creep factor and with some similarities to Jonathon Franzen in his dramatic use of ordinary settings.The suburbs This is home to much of Homo sapiens westernus and in this habitat many of us upright animals live and some even thrive Writer Tom Perrotta has captured in this 2013 collection of shorter works an omniscient vision of Suburban America and sees in the otherwise everyday and commonplace a place for his realistic fiction to demonstrate an extraordi [...]

    3. Caroline

      NO SPOILERS On the surface, Tom Perrotta seems concerned with simple matters He doesn t write elaborate historical fiction that requires involved research He doesn t write ingenious fantasy or insert clever magical realism elements in regular fiction He writes about everyday people going about their daily lives but not really He writes provocatively about these people He pries out their secrets, exposes their private agonies and moral dilemmas In Nine Inches, he tackles uncomfortable topics as v [...]

    4. James Thane

      I ve enjoyed very much Tom Perrotta s novels, especially The Abstinence Teacher and The Leftovers, and now I can add to that list his new collections of short stories, Nine Inches.The title story actually involves two teachers who may have missed each other like ships passing in the night and who are now assigned to chaperone a dance Nine inches is the minimum distance that the dancers are supposed to maintain from each other, but what distance should separate the two main characters, especially [...]

    5. Neil McCrea

      I ve seen the movie adaptations of Little Children and Election, but this is my first dip into Perrotta s writing There has been a lot of hype about him from my circle of friends and the press, and I suspect this is precisely why I ve been avoiding him The book blurbs on this ARC alone make me cringe The Steinbeck of suburbia Steinbeck and Perrotta are so far apart in style and intent that this flippant comparison seems insulting to both There is also a comparison to Checkhov that seems foolish, [...]

    6. Patrick

      My office had a staff meeting a while back It was a very busy time, and the organization was going through some changes, and morale was getting a little low The head of our department had everyone take two post it notes and asked us all to sum up in one word how we felt in our work life, and how we felt in our home life, and write them on each post it The work results were unsurprising words like busy, challenging, stressful, etc were ubiquitous But the home descriptions were shocking to me Word [...]

    7. Scott Foley

      I m ashamed to admit that this is my first Perrotta book A friend recommended it to me, and I took his advice mostly because I respect his opinion and I enjoy short stories Well, I can honestly say that Perrotta instantly made me a fan for life with this collection.Nine Inches is comprised of several short stories, none of which overtly link together Thematically, however, each are very similar in how things can go so, so wrong in the blink of an eye Not that it s a depressing book At times, in [...]

    8. Josh

      I love short stories I love sad, depressing, twisted, make you think short stories This collection is chalked full of those kinds of stories Yet, I didn t love them as a whole I m not sure if they were too depressing although not near as so as others I have gobbled up or if reading just before Christmas time was the contributing factor I did really like a few of them Kiddie Pool and Smile on Happy Chang s face were good enough to round this from a 2 star to a 2.5 yet I elect my privilege to roun [...]

    9. Ken

      Though it s true of many books, Tom Perrotta s short story collection bears out H.D Thoreau s words The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation In these 10 stories, we see multiple characters of various ages yearning for things even they cannot identify Though all are suburban types, some are middle aged men, others middle aged women, and a few teenagers Perrotta has a sure hand with all of these ages, thanks to his established track record with novels.If you re a fan of Bad Haircut, Perrott [...]

    10. Kelly (and the Book Boar)

      Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Let this be a lesson to all that you should probably actually read the book jacket if you want to know what a book is about I read the blurb Tom Perrotta s first true collection features ten stories and was sold True stories by a famous author Yay I thought I would be diving in to something similar to Sedaris Maybe not funny stories, but essays that would let me in to Perrotta s private life I should have kept reading The blurb that hooked me actually goes [...]

    11. William Lawrence

      Insightful, character driven, and hilarious at times, Perrotta s collection Nine Inches is so worth the read I m glad I stumbled onto his work again years after reading Election Backrub Grade my teacher Nine Inches and One Four Five are all five star stories Some of the others didn t keep my attention as much, a matter of content, but the quality of writing is all good throughout.

    12. Althea Ann

      Received this through First Reads giveaway THANK YOU I had an interest in this book after reading Perotta s The Leftovers for my post apocalyptic book club There s nothing apocalyptic here, but Perotta s stories are all about social entropy I actually feel that most of these stories work even better than The Leftovers which features an ensemble cast and many situations The short stories here each focus on one situation, and that tight focus intensifies the experience.Suburbia and high school fig [...]

    13. Jennifer Lane

      Twisted Tales of Disillusionment and DivorceIf you ve read or seen Election and Little Children, you know what off kilter characters Tom Perotta creates And we get to meet a lot of these divorcees, criminals, adulterers, dirty cops, and teenagers with grudges in this collection of short stories What amazes me is how likable Perotta makes these despicable characters It s like life has given these sad sacks a tough road, so of course they choose to muck it up even further.Though the author seems t [...]

    14. George

      Really like this collection of stories The overarching theme seems to be the different forms and shapes that loneliness takes and how we all have to deal with it I was able to empathize in some part with almost every character in this book and found myself thinking, yeah, been there, done that multiple times.Overall really liked it and thought it was much better than Tenth of December which was way overrated and overhyped in my opinion.

    15. Amy

      Every time I read something by Perrotta, I find something new to love This book was all about respectable people who understand social boundaries and don t cross themexcept for that one time Sometimes they get away with it and sometimes it destroys their whole existence Risk is a gamble This is a great collection of stories, but I am completely biased If you like Perrotta s other work, this will be up your alley.

    16. Michaela Carter

      A policeman pulls boys over and secretly gives them backrubs A grade school teacher googles herself and finds a new entry on gradeyourteacher, one that is anything but favorable, which causes her to question her life A middle aged married man breaks into his dead neighbor s garage to use his air compressor to blow up a kiddie pool, but finds something much disturbing Tom Perrotta s new book of stories, Nine Inches, measures not only the permissible distance between middle school kids in a slow [...]

    17. Cindy

      This book is a short story collection taking place in suburbia Told with humor and snappy dialogue I really found myself immersed in the family relationships, problems and everyday situations that take place in a typical community After each story I was left wanting I really like Perotta s writing style and the development of his characters This is an engaging book and the cover and title certainly get your attention Take your mind out of the gutter Oh, I won this book through thank you and giv [...]

    18. Jenny Shank

      My daughter reported that her first grade teacher said, Sometimes when people get really sad, they go into the garage, close the door, and leave the car running Furious, I fantasized about just what I d like to say to this teacher, who I d always found suspect I complained to the principal, who made the teacher call me She sounded so pitiful as she explained how she d uttered this during a lesson on carbon monoxide that I held back from yelling at her Instead I calmly told her that suicide was n [...]

    19. Ally

      I received this book through First Reads, and I m still excited that I did I loved Little Children , The Leftovers , and Election , so getting a book that I was looking forward to three months ahead of schedule was a lovely present Perrotta s short stories are about loss, disappointment, failure, and the people who bring these conditions upon themselves Other reviewers have called them sad, but I m not the best judge of that I love to read a story and then think, ouch These stories don t have tw [...]

    20. Stacy

      Tom Perrotta has put together a collection of 10 short stories that pull at you He finds those emotions that you have carefully sealed away despair, loneliness, awkwardness and brings them floating right back up to the surface for you to have another look Brilliant, and funny around the edges, he explores our deepest longings and fears His stories hit you with the punch that one single choice, no matter how big or how small, can change the course of your entire life They remind us that we often [...]

    21. Gregory Baird

      You can t know what s in another person s heart This is Perrotta s first venture back into the world of short stories since his debut, the superlative Bad Haircut Stories of the Seventies It s amazing how easily he slips back into the form after a long absence, not to mention how well he utilizes every page whether it s a short story or a full novel Characters go through an entire arc in several pages They re standard issue screw ups, which is Perrotta s specialty, but it s impossible not to fee [...]

    22. Jeff Raymond

      I ve traditionally struggled with short stories on a whole They re typically too short for me to sink my teeth into, or too long for me to wonder why they just didn t make it a real book or whatever So Tom Perrotta, who is probably my favorite adult contemporary writer, tosses out a short story collection Why not.The good news is that they re good stories I don t think there s a clunker in the bunch, and the great ones such as one about little league game, or the SAT are rock solid There s not a [...]

    23. Hank Stuever

      A nice dose of Perrotta and his darkly comic suburban dysfunctions, just when I needed it, having slogged through two long novels recently that were both about varying degrees of misery in formerly Soviet nations Like all short story collections, there s always one or two stories that could be cut entirely for me, that was One Four Five but mostly these are just perfectly adequate, deceptively breezy glimpses into the everyday world of bad decisions and unexpressed feelings You know, life.

    24. Curtis

      Tom Perrotta s brilliant short story collection, Nine Inches, is full of disappointment and despair But, it s the relatable, entertaining, well written and heartfelt disappointment and despair not the depressing kind.

    25. Offbalance

      Some day, I d like Tom Perrotta to write something a novel, a short story, a novella and call it Look at your life, look at your choices Because that is the true thread that ties all of his characters together Nine Inches collects most if not all of the short stories that Perrotta has released into the wild be it via internet or other publication over the recent years into one bonanza of moderately affluent white people making genuinely stupid decisions and paying the price for them One of the r [...]

    26. Matt Hall

      Welcome to suburbia I am always on the lookout for great books set in the familiar New Jersey suburbs like the ones I grew up in This landscape is familiar but still engrossing Well written, clean prose that allows the characters to really pop off the page.

    27. Audra

      Quirky short stories about life in suburbia Very well written with some twists I didn t expect and every one leaving me wondering what the hell just happened in a good way

    28. Louise Marie

      I usually do not read short stories The last two I could not get into I did enjoy the others I guess I am giving three stars because I am just a little disappointed.

    29. Olga

      Meh mixed review Slightly reminiscent of classical John Updike, suburban male malaise, mild dissatisfaction with family, jobs, life Enjoyable book, not truly deep or affecting.

    30. Charity

      First thing s first I got this book as an Advance Readers Copy through First Reads I always feel like I ve accomplished something when I win a First Reads book, even though all I ve really done to get it was enter the giveaway Well, and opened the mailbox.Now, the reviewSo, this book really hit the spot for me I didn t realize how much I was craving short stories until I started reading these.There s a lot of divorce, a lot of infidelity, a lot of kids who don t call, but what really got me was [...]

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