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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011: Author Tom Perrotta is a master at exposing the quiet desperation behind America’s suburban sheen. In The Leftovers he explores what would happen if The Rapture actually took place and millions of people just disappeared from the earth. How would normal people respond? Perrotta’s characters show a variety of coping techniques, including indifference, avoidance, depression, freaking out, and the joining of cults. Despite the exceptional circumstances, it’s really not unlike how people respond to more minor incidents in their lives (excepting cults). The result is a novel that’s a slow burn yet strangely compelling, one that leaves the reader pondering the story long after it’s over. In vivid and occasionally satiric prose, he takes a bizarre and abnormal event--the Rapture--and imagines how normal people would deal with being left behind. --Chris Schluep--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'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 'This is amazingly observant, funny and moving' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Tiresome read. Yet another dopey "Rapture mystery." No tension; no suspense. Too many ancillary characters with dull backstories, caught up in , frankly, boring dilemmas. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Michael W. Sadowski
No character development, no real resolution to the plot lines. Reads like a screenplay. Not a bad summer reading list book for middle-schoolers.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
After reading and really enjoying "Little Children" I was definitely interested in reading "The Leftovers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bookpainter
Great concept. Watched the TV show before reading the book, so it was hard to remain completely open to the experience of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Burton