Nine Inches (2013) 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