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Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies

Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies
Author: Tom Perrotta
ISBN 13: 9780425159545
ISBN 10: 42515954
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 1997-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $15.00

Witty, wise coming of age stories. Wonderful. DSWashington Post Book World

Publishers Weekly

Amid the current glut of '70s nostalgia, Perrotta has fashioned a moving cycle of stories that looks past the era's celebrated kitsch to still relevant social and cultural issues and the timeless mysteries of growing up. In 10 tales covering a period from the fall of 1969 to the summer of 1980, he follows the revelations of his narrator, Buddy, from his days as an eight-year-old Cub Scout through his return home from the first year of college. Set in the small New Jersey town of Darwin, these seamless, understated narratives find--in boyhood activities as ordinary as playing sports, riding a bike, taking driver's ed or going to the prom--insights into loneliness, societal violence, sexual identity, racism, mortality and much more. Perrotta eschews sentimentality and overt philosophizing, crafting in Buddy's voice a sensitivity to pregnant moments that remain unexplained and a knack for delicate, unobtrusive metaphor. Forgoing the easy irony of disco and vintage TV, he delivers a convincing portrait of a time of life, illuminating all the profound cruelty and tenderness of adolescence. (June)