Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies, by Tom Perrotta, is a collection of short stories about a young boy named Buddy who has unsettling memories of New Jersey during the 1970s. This book explores classic 70s themes relating to parents, sports, religion, sex, American consumer life, masculinity, death, and bad haircuts, among other matters. It shares the pleasures, pains, and absurdities of that decade, giving readers a more nuanced and entertaining perspective of what life was like then.
Perrotta made his first appearance in the literary world with Bad Haircut, which has gained its share of critics and admirers. The Washington Post said that no other coming-of-age novel has topped this one. His writing style has been compared to that of Raymond Carver, Philip Roth, and J.D. Salinger. His creative contributions don't stop at this book. Perrotta is the best-selling author of several other fictional works, with some of them made into Oscar-nominated films.