The Leftovers: A Novel

Written by:
Tom Perrotta
Narrated by:
Dennis Boutsikaris

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2011
10 hours 18 minutes
With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers—now adapted into an HBO series—is a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.

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.

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011
A USA Today 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011 Title
One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011
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DeeDee Grant

I got the book because I like the series on HBO. I have no idea how the writers of the series got such great ideas off this piece of literature. Not only was the story line boring, it was confusing. And the ending was terrible. I expected it to be the beginning of the next chapter; but nope... it just ended. I'm not sorry it did.

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First, I was interested in the premise. Half of the people in the world disappear. What next? Yes, I know this had been done before in the "Left Behind" series, but I gave up on that series somewhere around book 9 or 10. So, I was interested to see how this author would handle it in one book. That would be a really action packed book! Wrong! The author pretty much ignored the aftermath. We follow 4 or 5 characters to see how they dealt with it, but that's it. SPOILER ALERT There is never a second event. We just follow those peoples lives over a few month period. And honestly, it didn't seem to have much of an effect on their lives. I can see why they made this book into a TV series. It literally has no ending. It just kind of stops. With one CD left to listen to I was fascinated to see how the author would bring this all to a close that quickly. Easy answer - he didn't. He just quit writing.

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