Nine Inches Get your mind out of the gutter. This isn't about porn. Nine inches refers to the space that must separate junior high schoolers at a… Nine Inches Get your mind out of the gutter. This isn't about porn. Nine inches refers to the space that must separate junior high schoolers at a… 2013-09-10 Short Stories St. Martin's Press
Book Review

Nine Inches (2013)

MEASURE FOR MEASURE Nine Inches is Tom Perotta's newest short-story collection in nearly two decades
MEASURE FOR MEASURE Nine Inches is Tom Perotta's newest short-story collection in nearly two decades
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 10, 2013; Writer: Tom Perrotta; Genre: Short Stories; Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Get your mind out of the gutter. This isn't about porn. Nine inches refers to the space that must separate junior high schoolers at a dance. In his first short-story collection in 19 years, Perrotta (Little Children) mines his familiar but fascinating territory — the intersection of class, envy, and boredom in suburbia. The standouts: ''The Smile on Happy Chang's Face,'' about a Little League game that turns into Armageddon, and ''Backrub,'' about a teenager rejected from every college he applied to who turns to running pizza and drugs. B+

Originally posted Sep 11, 2013 Published in issue #1277-1278 Sep 20, 2013 Order article reprints
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