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1 Perrotta, Tom Bad Haircut : Stories of the Seventies
Bridgehampton, NY, U.S.A. Bridge Works Publishing 1994 1-882593-05-7 / 9781882593057 First Edition, First Printing 
Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket. Beige boards with a maroon, gilt-stamped backstrip. Octavo. 197pps. There is slight rounding to the spine-ends, otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. The text is immaculate; no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a new mylar sleeve, has light rubbing wear at the extremities; the original price is intact. A very nice copy of Perrotta's first book.

"...Tom Perrotta has created a memorable young protagonist named Buddy in this unsentimental, often hilarious collection of short stories. 'Bad Haircut' follows Buddy's boyhood and adolescent adventures as he struggles to understand the mysteries of race relations, sex, family dynamics -- and haircuts. The setting is a working-class town in New Jersey. The time is the overlooked decade of the Seventies, with its vanished cultural landscape of platform shoes, hard rock, and the lingering aftershocks of the Vietnam war. But the joys and agonies of Buddy's coming of age are those of any young person, anywhere, anytime.
From his unforgettable meeting with the Wiener Man in the opening story to his poignant reflection on a neighbor's death in the collection's finale, Buddy moves on his journey to manhood in the company of such friends and enemies as Sammy Rizzo, Neil Duffy, Zirko and Cockroach. Their adventures are played out in the halls of Warren G. Harding Regional High School, on the basketball court and football field, with a band called Rockhead, and in the homes and streets of the neighborhood. Friends, enemies and even family live in a dangerous world of teen pregnancy, wife abuse and mindless street violence. Yet it also is a world of wit, warmth and keen perception..."

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Price: 95.00 USD
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