Book Review-The Leftovers

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September 29, 2011 by Melissa

I recently read the book The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta and found myself asking, “Why haven’t I ever read this author before?”  Oh my, this book is good-I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  It is the story of some of the people left behind after a rapture-like event occurs.  Millions of people suddenly disappear from the planet-some Christian, some Atheists, some Muslim, some good, some bad, but mostly normal people.  Those left are trying to make sense of the aftermath-why weren’t they “chosen”?

This book is a striking look at what can happen to society as a whole, to smaller communities, to families, in the wake of something so unfathomable, so massive; how grief affects us each in such different ways.  Why some who didn’t lose anyone close could find it comforting to join a cult or why a loving pastor who didn’t lose anyone in his family suddenly can’t live with this new understanding of his faith and begins uncovering and publishing dirt about some of the “chosen” and why they shouldn’t have been a part of the event.

Tom Perrotta is now working on adapting this book into a series for HBO so read it before it’s the next hot TV series.  You’ll want to read everything he’s written and then invite him to your home for lengthy conversations over good food and wine like this conversation with Terry Gross:

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/25/139761867/after-the-rapture-who-are-the-leftovers

This book is for those of you who love authors like Ann Patchett, Zoe Heller, Jeffrey Eugenides or Donna Tartt.

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