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Tom Perrotta

Novelist and screenwriter Tom Perrotta was born in New Jersey and grew up playing baseball and football. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Syracuse University. He published his first book, the short story collection Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies, in 1994. The Wishbones, a comedic tale of a New Jersey wedding band, followed in 1997. In 1999 Perrotta published Election, several months before the film version, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, was released. Election was followed by Joe College in 2000, Little Children in 2004, The Abstinence Teacher in 2007, and The Leftovers in 2011. Little Children was adapted into a film; Perrotta cowrote the screenplay—which was nominated for an Academy Award—with Todd Field. The Leftovers was turned into an HBO television series that began airing in 2014 and concluded in 2017 after three seasons. Perrotta served as an executive producer and writer on the show. Perrotta’s latest novel is Mrs. Fletcher, whose parallel narratives trace the evolution of a mother and son's individual attitudes toward sex and morality.

The Leftovers review in the New Yorker

Excerpt from Mrs. Fletcher