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The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta
The Leftovers
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011A USA Today 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011 TitleOne 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... show more
A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011A USA Today 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011 TitleOne 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 has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780312358341 (0312358342)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 355
Edition language: English
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Mirkat Always Reading
Mirkat Always Reading rated it
3.0 Leftovers
Before becoming aware of this book, I checked out the DVD of the first season of the HBO TV adaptation. While I found the premise intriguing, for some reason, I just couldn't get into it, and I ended up bailing after a couple-few episodes. But I was still intrigued enough that when I came across t...
JackieLoz
JackieLoz rated it
2.0 The Leftovers
Started off interesting, but then just dragged on going nowhere fast. I was disappointed.
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Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher rated it
3.0 The Leftovers
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Twitchy Witchy Girl
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2.0 The Leftovers
The premise for The Leftovers was a definite attention grabber. Who wouldn't want to read a book about a supposed rapture? I desperately wanted to know what happened to those left behind— how would they cope. Apparently in various stereotypical ways: cults, drugs, running away, pretending everything...
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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, fr...
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