Top 10 Quotes by Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta

She would be a mentor and an inspiration to girls like herself, the quiet ones who'd sleepwalked their way through high school, knowing nothing except that they couldn't possibly be happy with any of the choices the world seemed to be offering them.

Tom Perrotta
They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.
Tom Perrotta

I write about kids growing up, I write a lot about schools and parents, and all of my experiences with those things have been suburban experiences.

Tom Perrotta
When things don't go well, it helps to think of yourself as a genius and the rest of the world as a bunch of idiots.
Tom Perrotta

It just took some people a little longer than others to realize how few words they needed to get by, how much of life they could negotiate in silence.

Tom Perrotta
It's like the human race has been programmed for misery.
Tom Perrotta

My mythic version of America is very much about parents and children, and in my experience, the suburban setting is where that particular drama plays out. Which isn't to say that there aren't parents and children in cities or on farms. I just don't know them.

Tom Perrotta
A screenwriter heard me read from my novel 'The Wishbones' when it was still in progress and mentioned me to some producers in Hollywood. They called, and I told them I had a novel in my drawer about a high school election that goes haywire. They asked to take a look, and my life changed pretty dramatically as a result.
Tom Perrotta

I find that even small changes sometimes jog you out of a mental rut. Tom Perrott

Tom Perrotta
When I was writing 'The Abstinence Teacher,' I really tried to immerse myself in contemporary American evangelical culture.