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The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
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Read from September 11 to 17, 2011

Tom Perotta’s newest book would not be a typical choice for me. I saw the movie "Little Children" starring Kate Winslet, so I was curious when this book came out. The fact that life after The Rapture was central to the story made me that much more curious. I was not disappointed.

In The Leftovers, Tom Perotta explores what would happen if The Rapture actually took place. The book opens just a short time after millions of people have just disappeared from the earth. Perotta’s characters show a variety of emotions, including indifference, avoidance, and depression. Two of the main characters even join strange cults that spring up after The Rapture.

Perotta’s novel is ordinary in the sense that Justin Cronin’s novel "The Passage" is extraordinary. Both follow apocalyptic events, yet the way life goes on after the events in the two novels could not be more different. Perotta leaves the reader feeling that even after an apocalyptic event, life would go on in a strangely normal fashion. That left me pondering the story long after it was over.
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message 1: by Nancy (new) - added it

Nancy Castell-Stuart Adding it to my "to read" list. Thanks!


Anna Interesting comparison to The Passage (which I loved). I couldn't bear to watch Little Children, it was far too difficult to endure, ha. This though was so nuanced. It reminded me of how good American contemporary lit can be- nuanced, character driven, political issues (that aren't heavy-handed), all of it was great. The dystopia element was almost non-essential to the plot. Great stuff.


message 3: by EAK (new) - rated it 3 stars

EAK I still need to read this one. I've read a couple of his books (Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher) and like his take on suburban culture. I bought a collection of his short stories over the summer. I have yet to read it, but let me know if you want to borrow it.


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