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Author: Tom Perrotta Narrator: Tom Perrotta, William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Rupert Degas, various narrators Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781427235305
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Nine Inches, Tom Perrotta’s first true collection, features ten stories—some sharp and funny, some mordant and surprising, and a few intense and disturbing. Whether he’s dropping into the lives of two teachers—and their love lost and found—in “Nine Inches”; documenting the unraveling of a dad at a Little League game in “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face”; or gently marking the points of connection between an old woman and a benched high school football player in “Senior Season”; Perrotta writes with a sure sense of his characters and their secret longings.

Nine Inches contains an elegant collection of short fiction: Stories that are as assured in their depictions of characters young and old, established and unsure, as any written today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this strong collection of short stories, Perrotta once again peeks behind the living-room curtains of manicured suburbia and imagines characters whose lives are less than tidy.”

    People

  • “The novelist who so perfectly captured the insanity of suburbia in The Leftovers and Little Children returns to the form that made him famous in this darkly comic collection of stories.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Perrotta fixates on small-town types whose complex quirks make them not extraordinary or noble but average; what is extraordinary is Perrotta’s empathic insight into how his characters cope—or, short of that, forget.”

    Elle

  • “The descendant of such chroniclers of small-town America as Thornton Wilder, John O’Hara, and Willa Cather...Perrotta’s language never announces itself; it recedes into the background, allowing the characters, with their convincing and contemporary dialogue, to drive the narrative in a way that sounds organic and true.”

    New York Times

  • “The stories hang together so beautifully, the writing is so stylistically consistent, and the themes are so closely related, the book comes across like a novel or a collection of interlocking stories. It’s as if we’re wandering through a single community in a particular town, as in James Joyce’s Dubliners or in so many of Ann Beattie’s and Raymond Carver’s collections. We’re in PerrottaWorld, where the stories and characters and their concerns all seem to rhyme with one another.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The ray of light in Perrotta’s new stories comes from his characters’ belated recognition of their foibles and failures and their earnest and quintessentially American yearning to do better.”

    NPR

  • “[A] wickedly funny collection of suburbia-skewering stories.”

    Harper’s Bazaar

  • “Perrotta’s stuff is dark, but it goes down so easy, especially when bite-size.”

    New York

  • “Perrotta is that rare combination: a satirist with heart…Those who haven’t curled up on the couch with this writer’s books are missing a very great pleasure.”

    Seattle Times

  • “The acclaimed novelist displays perfect tonal pitch in this story collection, as nobody explores the darker sides of suburbia with a lighter touch.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Told with wit and grace, Perrotta’s story collection lays bare the shifting relationships we all suffer and seldom comprehend, presenting characters who are ambushed by the hidden intentions of people they thought they knew.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Finalist for the 2014 Audie Award for Best Short Stories/Collections Narration

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About the Author

Jeff Gurner created the title role in the American premiere of A Prayer for Owen Meany at Playmakers Rep. He has appeared in productions on and off Broadway such as The Lion King, Five Course Love, The London Cuckolds, and Harrigan & Hart. His film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, and Hey Joel!, an animated series for VHI.

About the Narrators

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.

Andi Arndt is a professional voice actor, the winner of a 2017 Audie Award for Best Romance, and winner of two Earphones Awards.

Rupert Degas, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, has recorded the works of Peter Carey, Haruki Murakami, Andy McNab, Darren Shan, and Derek Landy, among others. He has also recorded over fifty radio productions including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, This Sceptered Isle, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He has appeared on film and television in Dead Romantic, EastEnders, Waiting for God, Passport to Murder, Over Here, Fatherland, The Cappuccino Years, Exorcist: The Beginning, Love Soup and Shoot the Messenger. He has also lent his voice to numerous animated films and series including Mr. Bean, Bob the Builder, Robotboy, and The Amazing World of Gumball. Along with several stints in Newsrevue at the Canal Café Theatre and in Edinburgh, he has appeared on the London stage in The Boys Next Door, Are We There Yet?, Becket, Stones in His Pockets, and Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.