Tom Perrotta is the author of "Election," among other novels that have given him an "American Nick Hornby" (Newsweek)-style reputation as an OK suburban satirist, steering below the heavyweights but above the Oprah genre of heartwarming fiction. But Perrotta's latest, "Little Children," is disappointingly cliched after a good opening chapter or two. Case in point, selected semi-randomly from p. 150: "That's who I was in high school, even in college - Superjock, Mr. Quarterback."
In the words of a character in the movie Clueless, "Could we be more generic, please?"