Birth Name: Thomas R. Perrotta
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 13, 1961
*father – Italian
*mother – Arbëreshë/Albanian
Tom Perrotta is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is known for his novels Election, Little Children, The Leftovers, Mrs. Fletcher, which have been adapted to the screen, and Tracy Flick Can’t Win. He co-wrote the film version of Little Children.
Tom’s father was an Italian emigrant, from Province of Avellino, Campania. Tom’s mother was an Albanian-Italian/Arbëreshë, with roots in the Arbëreshë town of Greci, Avellino.
He is married to Mary Granfield, and has two children.
Tom has said:
My paternal grandparents were Italian immigrants from a village near Avellino. I grew up hearing them and my dad talk Italian. My mother’s relatives were Albanians, but they, too, lived in Italy before emigrating to the States. I haven’t spent a lot of time in Italy but I feel a strong attachment to the country through my ancestors, so I hope I can spend more time there in the future.