Tom Perrotta is a bestselling American author and the creator of The Leftovers which was a highly acclaimed novel that was made into a highly acclaimed TV show by HBO. He also wrote Election and Little Children which were also made into films.

Perrotta was born and raised in New Jersey. He was a fan of reading from a young age and received his B.A. in English from Yale University. From there he would attend Syracuse University where he’d receive his M.A. in English/Creative Writing. At Syracuse he learned under the great Tobias Wolff.

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Publication Order of Tracy Flick Books

Election (1998)Description / Buy at
Tracy Flick Can't Win (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Wishbones (1997)Description / Buy at
Joe College (2000)Description / Buy at
Little Children (2004)Description / Buy at
The Abstinence Teacher (2007)Description / Buy at
The Leftovers (2011)Description / Buy at
Mrs. Fletcher (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Senior Season (2011)Description / Buy at
Grade My Teacher (2013)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Tom Perrotta Scripts Books

(with Todd Field)

Little Children: The Shooting Script (With: Todd Field) (2007)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies (1994)Description / Buy at
Nine Inches: Stories (2013)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Currency Books

Me and Carlos (2020)Description / Buy at
The Tomorrow Box (By: Curtis Sittenfeld) (2021)Description / Buy at
The Summer House (By: Cristina Henriquez) (2021)Description / Buy at
Crewelwork (By: Justin Torres) (2021)Description / Buy at
Rewards (By: Emma Cline) (2021)Description / Buy at
Simplexity (By: Kiley Reid) (2021)Description / Buy at
I Would Be Doing This Anyway (By: Jia Tolentino) (2021)Description / Buy at
If You Are Lonely and You Know It (By: Yiyun Li) (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Erotica 2006(2006)Description / Buy at
What's Your Exit?: A Literary Detour Through New Jersey(2010)Description / Buy at
The Best American Short Stories 2012(2012)Description / Buy at

If You Like Tom Perrotta Books, You’ll Love…

One of Perrotta’s most popular novels is Little Children. This book tells the story of a group of thirty-ish parents of young children and the ways in which they deal with their lives. From the mother who thinks she can schedule her entire life to the father obsessed with fantasy games to the feminist mom with a bisexual past who never saw herself being domesticated. Life in this boring suburb gets very interesting over the summer and the status quo is thrown to the side.

The Leftovers asks the question: What if the Rapture happened and you got left behind? Except it’s not that easy as some of the people left weren’t the best and some of the people who were left behind were. The reason behind a portion of the population disappearing is unknown, but it does have a profound effect on the world. This is the story of those left behind, specifically Kevin Garvey and his family. The intricacies of the plot are varied, but the story is easy to explain: a family that is struggling to hold on to their beliefs in their own future and the variety of ways in which they cope with it.

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