Quotes by Tom Perrotta

"Maybe that's what we look for in the people we love, the spark of unhappiness we think we know how to extinguish."

"He made me think of all the books I hadn't read, and all the ones I'd read but hadn't fully understood."

"After all, what was adult life but one moment of weakness piled on top of another? Most people just fell in line like obedient little children, doing exactly what society expected of them at any given moment, all the while pretending that they’d actually made some sort of choice."

"From a distance, it makes perfect sense that the people and the things you think will save you are the very ones that have the power to disappoint you most bitterly, but up close it can hit you as a bewildering surprise."

"There's not some finite amount of pain inside us. Our bodies and minds just keep manufacturing more of it. (67)"


Books by Tom Perrotta

  • The Scarlet Letter
  • 738,084 ratings
  • March 24th 2016 by Penguin Classics

    (first published March 16th 1850)

  • The Leftovers
  • 44,140 ratings
  • August 30th 2011 by St. Martin's Press

    (first published August 11th 2011)

  • Little Children
  • 30,145 ratings
  • January 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin

    (first published March 1st 2004)

  • Election
  • 7,580 ratings
  • October 1st 1998 by Berkley Books

    (first published March 9th 1998)

  • Joe College
  • 4,389 ratings
  • September 19th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin

    (first published 2000)

  • Nine Inches
  • 4,014 ratings
  • September 10th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
  • The Wishbones
  • 2,665 ratings
  • July 1st 1999 by Berkley

    (first published May 5th 1997)

Tom Perrotta
  • Tom Perrotta

  • Date of birth: August 13, 1961
  • Born: in Newark, New Jersey, The United States.

  • Description: Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston.