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'Mrs. Fletcher': Tom Perrotta's Return To Suburbia14:30

Tom Perrotta's new book, "Mrs. Fletcher." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Tom Perrotta's new book, "Mrs. Fletcher." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
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Belmont-based writer Tom Perrotta is a keen observer of life in our modern world — of human frailties and human contradictions.

That comes through loud and clear in his latest novel — which tells the story of Eve Fletcher, a 46-year-old divorced mother living alone after her bro-y lacrosse-playing son Brendan leaves for college, mostly to party and meet girls.

Eve is concerned about her son's casual treatment of women, but as an empty-nester, she develops a taste for internet porn.

Tom Perrotta is perhaps best known for his novel "The Leftovers" — which became a hit HBO series and ended its third and final season in June.

He's also the author of "Election" and "Little Children," which were both made into Oscar-nominated movies. His new novel, out today, is titled "Mrs. Fletcher."


Tom Perrotta, Belmont-based author of the new novel "Mrs. Fletcher." He'll be at the Brookline Booksmith on Aug. 1, and Newtonville Books on Aug. 11.

This segment aired on August 1, 2017.


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