The Leftovers

The Leftovers

Audiobook CD - 2011
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When a bizarre phenomenon causes the cataclysmic disappearances of numerous people all over the world, Kevin Garvey, the new mayor of a once-comfortable suburban community, struggles to help his neighbors heal while enduring the fanatical religious conversions of his wife and son.

McMillan Palgrave

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011
A USA Today 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011 Title
One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011


What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?

That's what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

Kevin Garvey, Mapleton's new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin's own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin's teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she's definitely not the sweet "A" student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he's distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.

With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta The Leftovers has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.


A startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection, and loss from The New York Times bestselling author of The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children

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When a bizarre phenomenon causes the cataclysmic disappearances of numerous people all over the world, Kevin Garvey, the new mayor of a once-comfortable suburban community, struggles to help his neighbors heal while enduring the fanatical religious conversions of his wife and son. By the best-selling author of Little Children. Read by Dennis Boutsikaris. Simultaneous.

Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, p2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427213228
1427213224
Branch Call Number: Fiction Perrotta CD
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Boutsikaris, Dennis

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AL_ANNAL Mar 27, 2017

Lucky for us Tom Perrotta changed his mind about writing the "Leftovers" as a comic post-apocalypse novel. This books is so much more. Yes, there are comic elements but these characters are real and it's fascinating to see ourselves in the different ways they respond to a Rapture-like event.

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Oct 05, 2015

A creative, thoughtful, somewhat cynical look at a post rapture world where people are disillusioned, still a bit stunned, kind of depressed, kind of searching, trying to keep living while exploring new identities and trying to discern if there are boundaries anymore. All anyone knows is that hordes of people - family, friends, coworkers, even pets - were there one minute and gone the next and no one knows why or what really happened. No Christian context. No cataclysmic, environmental events/wars, etc. Perrotta briefly considers the consequences of losing a giant chunk of the population in an instant but mostly just tells the stories of how people are getting on and creating meaning by joining cults, taking on new jobs, ditching school, forming questionable relationships or retreating into obsessive rituals. Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris strikes just the right understated tone to complement Perrotta's writing that is ironic, humorous, poignant, insightful. A moody lighthearted book if there ever was one.

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