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The Leftovers (Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print)) [Large Print] [Library Binding]

Tom Perrotta
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Nov 2011 Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print)
Note - with two different covers (male and female shoe)

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 home-grown 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 has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.
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  • Library Binding: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point; Lrg edition (Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611732549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611732542
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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‘There are few writers more entertaining or adept than Tom Perrotta at explaining the frustrations, ennui and creeping darkness at the heart of American suburbia’ Vogue Magazine

‘The Steinbeck of Suburbia’ Time

‘Read The Leftovers. Don’t get left behind’ USA Today

‘The champion of stateside suburbia’ Observer

About the Author

Tom Perrotta is the author of several works of fiction, including ‘Little Children’, ‘Joe College’ and ‘Election’. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aftermath of a great disappearance. 11 Sep 2011
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Tom Perrotta's novel, "The Leftovers", is the story of a small town in New England, populated, at present, by those not chosen to vanish in a Rapture-like mass disappearance. The "Disappearance", as it was called world-round, sort of took people like a plague or a flu epidemic might - people here and there, and in some cases, almost full families. Those people "left over" cope with their continued existence on this earth in different ways. Some were disappointed they weren't taken - why weren't they "chosen"? - but most were glad to be left alive, even if they missed friends and relatives taken. Some can't cope with the guilt of being left while a sister, daughter, husband, etc were taken instead.

Perrotta opens his novel three years or so after the disappearance. Life has continued but most people are changed as they look around themselves and still miss their loved ones. Change has come by necessity to the small town of Mapleton. Kevin Garvey, a self-made millionaire has lost his wife, not to the Disappearance, but to her joining a cult-like group, the "Guilty Remnant" - a group dedicated to keeping the Disappearance in people's memory. His children have also drifted off to their own lives. But, besides the Garvey family, Perrotta introduces other characters in other situations, all whose lives intersect in some way. It's an interesting book, but strangely lacking in energy. The characters move with slowness as they try to reclaim their lives, or to make new ones. And that slowness is reflected in the writing style. I think Perrotta wrote this way on purpose and it is effective in a strange way. Somehow the writing matches the lives of the characters. "The Leftovers" is a good book that perhaps makes readers think about life after a tragedy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is everyone? 3 Sep 2011
By wogan
This book has a strange range of both writing style and plot line. There is an interesting quirkiness and humor in the beginning which disappears as rapidly as the people who have disappeared in the story line. One of the main characters, Laurie is introduced as one who didn't believe in much of anything and then,
"God's intrusion into her life couldn't have been any clearer if He'd addressed her from a burning azalea."
Perrotta does a good job in showing the apathy and malaise of those that are left after millions on earth have suddenly vanished. The earth and society just seems to continue otherwise and we are told non believers and `bad' people were among the vanished so the question arises for everyone, Is this the Rapture?

This is a story of a very few people in the town of Mapleton, one family in particular and how they seem to fall emotionally apart. There are no electrical shortages, cell phones still work as does the internet, and TV shows, society is the same except no one seems to feel they have a future and then of course there are the prophets and new religious movements to contend with. Schools close for awhile, but then open and life ....sort of goes on. The agony of not having the ones you care about near you and others do is well described. What becomes fascinating are how the characters are trying to order their lives. It is an emotional meltdown done in a realistic manner, in what would probably occur if this event was to happen; but it does start to drag and there really seems little depth in the characters despite their psychological agonizing.

There are places where we are left wondering...because there is no real mention of the rest of the world, although it too has been affected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Leftovers 13 July 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
There seem to be a number of series being made and coming out now that are based on books, and are sci-fi type stories, which I love if they’re well written/made. Seeing that this book is being made into a series, I thought I would read it to see how it played out.

The Leftovers are those who are left behind when suddenly one day, all over the world, millions of people vanish. Is it The Rapture? Christians would like to believe so, but the difficulty is that all sorts of people vanished – Jews, Buddhists, wicked people, children too young to have an appreciation of any kind of religion. What could it all mean?

In this book the narrative follows some of those left behind in the small town of Mapleton, and the impact that the Sudden Departure has on them. Primarily, the action centres around narratives on the Mayor Kevin Garvey, his wife Laurie, and their daughter Jill and son Tom, all of whom have different life revelations because of the Sudden Departure. Other characters in the town make up the rest of the cast, including members of the Guilty Remnant group, who take a quite radical approach to life after the Departure.

The book is very much about those left behind; not about why some were taken, or where they went. It’s an exploration of life on a small geographical scale (we hear very little about what happens in the rest of the world) told through the characters of a number of people in a community. As such, it’s very enlightening even if we keep telling ourselves it may seem somewhat improbable.

Given that this book is being made into a series, I looked at information about the series. It seems that Justin Theroux is cast as Kevin Garvey, who in the series is the police chief of Mapleton (in the book he is the Mayor).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful tackling of surviving loss
Good book. A little heavy on exposition and inner explanations, but I found it thoughtful, warm and tackling its issues (those of loss, survivors guilt, death, depression and how... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Anton Gourman
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching examination of the reaction of small town America to a...
The Leftovers examines the lives of a number of residents in Mapleton in the years after 2% of the world’s population inexplicably disappears. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Sheikh Zabir
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I was soon gripped by the lives of the characters in this wonderful book.
Where will it lead to next?
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Kathryn R. Naylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read... Interesting characters.
Having heard that the tv show was to be made, I thought I would pick this up. It delves deep of into the relationships of the "leftovers", but for me the only thing that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars The Leftovers
I am not an author so wouldn't presume to tell Mr. Perrotta how to end his book but I was very disappointed with the ending.
Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Rockett
4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of religion, love and the twisted human mind
Although left a little empty by the ending, a thought provoking read none the less. An interesting mixture of human relationships with family, loved ones, God and the inner self.
Published 12 months ago by Miss L A Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars quite tedious in places
Although a good read I can't say that it wasn't tedious in places. Perhaps it's me but I expected more, looking forward to the TV adaption though.
Published 13 months ago by Jane Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
A really interesting way of tackling subjects such as loss, bereavement and guilt. Great choice for a book-group book. Would recommend.
Published 14 months ago by susieo
2.0 out of 5 stars Started brightly, but failed to live up to early promise.
Interesting concept which was well written with engaging characters; but the storey didnt go any where interesting and by the end i was a little disinterested.
Published 14 months ago by Matt Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
This is the second book I have read by this author, the first being The Wishbones, which I really enjoyed, and I have to say this is one of those reads that really will stay in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ElaineG
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