Join in an in-person event with Tom Perrotta, author of “Tracy Flick Can’t Win.”
BOOK DISCUSSION DETAILS
[In Conversation with Elisabeth Egan]
June 14 @ 7:00 pm
Montclair Public Library
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
More Details: https://montclairlibrary.libnet.info/event/6712936
June 15 @ 6:30 pm
The Book Stall of Winnetka
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
Registration Link: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/tom-perrotta-tracy-flick-cant-win-co-sponsored-winnetka-northfield-public-library
June 16 @ 6:30 pm
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
Registration Link: https://www.parnassusbooks.net/event/store-tom-perrotta-author-tracy-flick-cant-win
[In Conversation with Albert Berger]
June 23 @ 7:30 pm
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, California
Registration Link: https://lfla.org/event/tracy-flick-cant-win-a-novel/
About the Author:
Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of ten works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into critically acclaimed movies, and The Leftovers and Mrs. Fletcher, which were both adapted into HBO series. He lives outside Boston.
About the Book:
Tracy Flick is back and, once again, the iconic protagonist of Tom Perrotta’s Election—and Reese Witherspoon’s character from the classic movie adaptation—is determined to take high school politics by storm.
Tracy Flick is a hardworking assistant principal at a public high school in suburban New Jersey. Still ambitious but feeling a little stuck and underappreciated in midlife, Tracy gets a jolt of good news when the longtime principal, Jack Weede, abruptly announces his retirement, creating a rare opportunity for Tracy to ascend to the top job.
Energized by the prospect of her long-overdue promotion, Tracy throws herself into her work with renewed zeal, determined to prove her worth to the students, faculty, and School Board, while also managing her personal life—a ten-year-old daughter, a needy doctor boyfriend, and a burgeoning meditation practice. But nothing ever comes easily to Tracy Flick, no matter how diligent or qualified she happens to be.
Among her many other responsibilities, Tracy is enlisted to serve on the Selection Committee for the brand-new Green Meadow High School Hall of Fame. Her male colleagues’ determination to honor Vito Falcone—a star quarterback of dubious character who had a brief, undistinguished career in the NFL—triggers bad memories for Tracy, and leads her to troubling reflections about the trajectory of her own life and the forces that have left her feeling thwarted and disappointed, unable to fulfill her true potential.
As she broods on the past, Tracy becomes aware of storm clouds brewing in the present. Is she really a shoo-in for the Principal job? Is the Superintendent plotting against her? Why is the School Board President’s wife trying so hard to be her friend? And why can’t she ever get what she deserves?
In classic Perrotta style, Tracy Flick Can’t Win is a sharp, darkly comic, and pitch-perfect reflection on our current moment. Flick fans and newcomers alike will love this compelling novel chronicling the second act of one of the most memorable characters of our time.