Tom Perrotta
Critically Acclaimed Novelist and Screenwriter

Tom Perrotta is an American novelist and screenwriter best known for his novels Election (1998) and Little Children (2004), both of which were made into critically acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated films. His novel, The Leftovers (2011), was adapted into a television series for HBO, and his latest novel, Mrs. Fletcher, was released in 2017.


Perotta’s other works include Nine Inches: Stories, Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, and the New York Times bestselling Joe College.


Tom lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts with his wife.

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Sharp, witty, and provocative, Mrs. Fletcher is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they’re no longer sure of who they are or where they belong.

St. Martin's Press

Nine Inches, Tom Perrotta's first true collection, features ten stories—some sharp and funny, some mordant and surprising, and a few intense and disturbing.

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What if — whoosh, right now, with no explanation — a number of us simply vanished? That's what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

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Bad HaircutStories from the Seventies
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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.

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Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children. Ruth Ramsey is the high school human sexuality teacher whose openness is not appreciated by all her students—or their parents. Her daughter's soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved. Tim's introduction of Christianity on the playing field horrifies Ruth, but when these two adversaries in a small-town culture war actually talk to each other, a surprising friendship begins to develop.

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For many college students, Spring Break means fun and sun in Florida. For Danny, a Yale junior, it means two weeks behind the wheel of the Roach Coach, his father's lunch truck, which plies the parking lots of office parks in central New Jersey. But Danny can use the time behind the coffee urn to try and make sense of a love life that's gotten a little complicated. If girl problems aren't enough, there's the constant menace of the Lunch Monsters, a group of thugs who think Danny has planted the Roach Coach in their territory.

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Tom Perrotta's thirty-ish parents of young children are a varied and surprising bunch. They all raise their kids in the kind of sleepy American suburb where nothing ever seems to happen-at least until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two restless parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could have imagined. Unexpectedly suspenseful, Little Children exposes the adult dramas unfolding amidst the swingsets and slides of an ordinary American playground.

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The Wishbones is laugh-out-loud confessional about people who might be too old to rock 'n' roll but just can't imagine stopping; a story filled with the revelations and fears of a man finally bidding farewell to his boyhood.

Novels, Screenplays, Short Stories, Oh My! A “Renaissance writer,” Tom Perrotta discusses how to switch between genres, and how to adapt your writing style to different mediums.

Entertainment Weekly features Tom Perrotta in conversation with Megan Abbott on TV adaptations

The New York Times Book Review‘s profile of Tom Perrotta.

Tom talks Nine Inches: Stories with USA Today.

Tom weighs in on the apocalypse in an interview for the Atlantic.

Post Road Magazine plays “Twenty Questions” with Tom Perrotta.

Tom gives a “Ten Minute Writer’s Workshop” on New Hampshire Public Radio.

Check out a review of The Leftovers from the New York Times.

Find out more about HBO’s The Leftovers with A.V. Club, The New Yorker, Salon, and NPR.

Learn more about Tom Perrotta here.

"The event was amazing and Tom was a true professional. His talk was engaging and inspirational."
-The Milton Library, Milton, Mass.

"We were so excited to host Tom Perrotta as the featured speaker for the sixth annual Durango Public Library Literary Festival, and we were not disappointed. The audience was spellbound as he read from his unpublished work and then answered many, many questions. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time; and, all evening, library staff were asked how we get “such famous people” to come to our little, mountain town. Thanks, Tom, for adding to the incredible talent we’ve been able to introduce to our community!"
- Durango Public Library

“Our event with Tom Perrotta last night was a fantastic success, with a large turnout and great feedback.”
- Bentley University