Set in the imploding minefields of modern suburbia, LITTLE CHILDREN follows several inhabitants of a small American town as they fumble their way through adulthood. Numb-to-life housewife and mother Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet) finds an outlet for her yearning in gorgeous househusband Brad Adamson (Patrick Wilson), who is crippled with insecurity over the fact that his perfect wife, Kathy (Jennifer Connelly), is the family breadwinner. When Sarah and Brad meet at the local playground one afternoon, a passionate affair is sparked. In a further attempt to reclaim his youthful fire, Brad joins a night football league with Larry Hedges (Noah Emmerich), a former cop who has begun to harass a convicted sex offender, Ronnie J. McGorvey. These troubled lives eventually collide, causing each individual to take full responsibility for their not-so-responsible actions.
Tom Perrotta is the author of Election (made into a film starring Reece Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick) plus Bad Haircut, Wishbones and Joe College. His stories have been published widely and his non-fiction work in Rolling Stone and GQ. He grew up in New Jersey and now lives near Boston. He attended Yale and taught writing there at Harvard. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.