The Leftovers

A startling, thought provoking novel about love, connection and loss from the New York Times bestselling author of The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children.What if the Rapture happened and you got left behind Or what if it wasn t the Rapture at all, but something murkier, a burst of mysterious, apparently random disappearances that shattered the world in a single momentA startling, thought provoking novel about love, connection and loss from the New York Times bestselling author of The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children.What if the Rapture happened and you got left behind Or what if it wasn t the Rapture at all, but something murkier, a burst of mysterious, apparently random disappearances that shattered the world in a single moment, dividing history into Before and After, leaving no one unscathed How would you rebuild your life in the wake of such a devastating event This is the question confronting the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, a formerly comfortable suburban community that lost over a hundred people in the Sudden Departure Kevin Garvey, the new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized neighbours, even as his own family falls apart His wife, Laurie, has left him to enlist in the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence but haunt the streets of town as living reminders of God s judgment His son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet by the name of 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 attraction to Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family in the tragedy, and is still reeling three years later, groping for a way to face the remainder of her life.Through the prism of a single family, Perrotta illuminates a familiar America made strange by grief and apocalyptic anxiety The Leftovers is a powerful and deeply moving book about people struggling to hold on to a belief in their own futures.
The Leftovers A startling thought provoking novel about love connection and loss from the New York Times bestselling author of The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children What if the Rapture happened and you got l

  • Title: The Leftovers
  • Author: Tom Perrotta
  • ISBN: 9780307356383
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Leftovers TV series The Leftovers is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, that aired on HBO from June , , to June , Based on Perrotta s novel of the same name, the series follows the Garvey family three years after the Sudden Departure, a global event that resulted in % of the world s population disappearing. The pilot was written by Lindelof and Amazing Meals You Can Make From Leftovers Today Greatist Before you fill up the trashcan, take a look at this list of ways to transform those leftovers into nutritious, delicious meals We promise they ll look and taste brand new.

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    1. Tom Perrotta, I don't know. Your characters always start out so intriguing at the beginning of your books, but then you throw too much weird superfluous stuff into the mix. Couldn't you have focused a little more adroitly on two or three things, instead of the five or six lives you thought worthy of documentation? Couldn't we have done away with the seemingly tacked-on Christine/Tom/baby/Holy Wayne business and maybe had a little more about with the cult members killing each other, since one plo [...]

    2. Millions of people vanish in the blink of an eye leaving everyone left on Earth feeling like God just told them, “It’s not you, it’s me….”It’s been three years since the Sudden Departure, and the mayor of Mapleton, Kevin Garvey, is trying to get the town back to a feeling of normalcy. However, Kevin’s family was profoundly impacted by the disappearances. His wife Laurie has left him to join a cult of white-clad chain smokers called the Guilty Remnant who silently stalk people while [...]

    3. Let me start with the good: I liked that the Rapture occurred (or at least that is what it appears to be), but everyone pretty much goes about their daily lives, trying to find love, friendship, job, etc.Now the bad: the whole "Rapture" background is dispensable. It could've been anything. The major plot lines involve a cult and a man who lost his wife, which could be set right now. So, if you're looking for a cool religious/Sci-fi spin, you'll be somewhat disappointed. It's actually more like a [...]

    4. APOCALISSE E DINTORNI AI CONFINI DELLA REALTÀ Ho letto Intrigo scolastico, adattato mediocremente per il grande schermo da Alexander Payne nel 1999 col titolo Election (candidato all’Oscar come miglior adattamento cinematografico); poi ho letto L’insegnante di educazione sessuale, che Jonathan Dayton e Valerie Faris stanno riscrivendo per fare un film; infine, ho letto Little Children e visto il film del 2007 con lo stesso titolo, la regia di Todd Field e la sceneggiatura dello stesso Perro [...]

    5. I wasn't disappointed AT ALL!!!!!After enjoying. "Commonwealth", by Ann Patchett recently, I wanted another contemporary type novel involving community- social graces/human dealings. This fit the bill: families falling apartlationshipsrugglesagedy.emotional dramayle & tack. I wasn't too concerned about 'context' of Tom Perrotta's novel "The Leftovers", because his 'content' was sooooo friggin-gripping-engaging. I was aware of a bigger story going on throughout this novel. Citizens in Mapleto [...]

    6. This is quite the literary year for ordinary families becoming enmeshed in extraordinary, indeed, catastrophic, situations. Erik Larson, in The Garden of the Beast, portrays an all-American family at the cusp of the horrendous Hitler years. And now Tom Perrotta one-ups him by introducing the Garveys…a suburban family who was left behind in the aftermath of a Rapture-like event.To his credit, Tom Perrotta drinks no Kool-aid. Before the event occurs, one character says this about the Rapture: [...]

    7. SHORT REVIEW: What Conan the Barbarian was to High Fantasy, The Leftovers is to Mid-Life Crisis Fantasy. No, that's too kindORT REVIEW #2: A book so OK it hurtsOTHER SHORTY: I liked this better the first time, when it was called American Beauty.LONG REVIEW: Reading this book was like heading down a playground slide made of glass. It starts off fun, but soon the smooth, featureless texture is burning your skin and all you can see is the cold, rocky ground waiting for you at the end. And then you [...]

    8. Never, have I ever wanted an author to pull a George RR Martin the way I wanted it to happen in The Leftovers.WHO WANTS TO BE A MARTYR? the caption asked.Yeahere was not as much of this as I'd hoped. Up until the last few pages, I was somewhat enjoying the book, happy sunshine (oh wow, I accidentally typed happy sunshit and had to correct that. I might have just coined a new term.) and all. Okay, so there wasn't actually a whole lot of happy or sunshine going on, but compared to the show, this b [...]

    9. Have you ever read one of those books where it feels like the middle part of a trilogy, like all the action happened just before the first page and then kicks into gear right on the last page?I guess it doesn't matter if you've read one like that or not. That little description makes sense enough, right?Okay, how about this:When I get a pizza, the first slice is awesome. Because I was so hungry and anticipating it. And then you get into a cycle of diminishing returns about three slices in. Then [...]

    10. This is about the cult of cults, a very fascinating topic. Its something that baffles me, and thinking about joining a collective of weirdos (which is the reason I naturally avoid malls and Wal-Mart) gives me the willies. Anyway, the thing about Perrotta is that his work, as terrific or as pedestrian as it is, is insanely readable and "getting into it" is easy and fun. His books are given the usual three stars by me, but it really means something that some of his novels have made terrific films [...]

    11. What if there suddenly were a "Rapture" or something like it, where millions of people around the world disappeared in an instant, vaporized into nothingness? How would those left behind cope with such an amazing and inexplicable development?Such is the premise of Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers, which focuses on the small town of Mapleton and on the family of the newly-elected mayor, Kevin Garvey. Everyone in town has been affected by the event and large numbers of people have been traumatized, th [...]

    12. What the shit did I just read?Truly, I’m at a loss for words. [Brain just mush; mush-begets-mush]I don’t think this will be a review in the typical sense, more of a purging. Exorcism. Cleansing. Absolution. [Backstory: my Better Half reallyreallyreally loves the show The Leftovers. I refuse to watch on the simple grounds that I don’t watch television. I read, why would I watch TV? No matter. She wants to talk to me about the show and I don’t know a thing about it. She says, ‘it was a b [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. I thought this audio would be decent laundry-folding entertainment, but I seriously underestimated Mr. Tom Perrotta and his awesome ability to tell a rad story!!!! This book was killer!!!!! The premise is this: A rapture-like event occurs and 2% of the population is vaporized. And it appears to have been a totally random sampling: people of all (or no) religious beliefs are taken, nice people as well as some real a$$h*les. The people who are left really can't make sense of it. Some folks get the [...]

    15. This book takes on some weighty issues but leavened with comic twists. The author plays with issues I've dealing with as I get older; my life is increasingly influenced by absences, by who and what I have lost. I remember the people who have disappeared from my life or roads not taken. Yet I also mistrust my memories of events; what was real and what were simply stories that I told myself? These are my 2 am musings.The novel also explores how people deal with losses and what things do they tell [...]

    16. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/3.5 StarsA strange phenomenon has swept the globe. People, seemingly chosen at random, simply vanished. After what is dubbed the “Sudden Departure,” those remaining are left to deal with the aftermath. The Leftovers focuses on the residents of a small town called Mapleton. Some, like Kevin, have decided to move on with life – and are maybe doing a little better or feeling a little more needed than they were before the Sudden Departure. Kevin’s son [...]

    17. I laughed! I cried! I dreamed dreams and saw visions! Oh wait, no I didn't. I enjoyed it briefly. Then I got to halfway and started wondering if it were going to go anyplace. Then I got farther and started wondering if it were ever, ever going to go anyplace. Then I wondered if it were going to end. Then I saw it was going to end, and I wondered if it were going to have a climax. Then, like a dull night at home, it didn’t. If this book were food, it would be carob. Carob chip cookies. Great se [...]

    18. This one comes from the author of Election and Little Children. Yeah, those movies you sort of forgot about. After listening to an NPR interview with Perrotta, I ran out and bought the book despite it being hardcover. He came off so intelligent and likeable on the radio, and his ideas were so provoking, I couldn't help being drawn to the book. While sometimes I found his writing a bit colloquial, I really enjoyed this novel and hated to see it end. The book takes place after a Rapture-like event [...]

    19. What a massive premise to try and pull off. A rapture like event, where millions of people all over the planet simply evaporate. It can't be the rapture though, at least not the skewed Christian version of it, because a lot of Christians are left behind - devastated that their version of God has forsaken them, and a lot of people from varying faiths, including atheists and a few random celebrities have gone. There are some good character ideas in this book. I really liked how the minister loses [...]

    20. Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers is a book that I really want to like. It has all of the elements of a book I enjoy, a large cast of characters, an interesting plot, and yet this book for me is a complete fail. The story is basically as follows: the post rapture - only more secularized. We’re not sure why or if the rapture actually occurred. Though, to be fair it doesn’t really matter, what matters is that people were here one moment and then gone the next. Some people are able to cope and mov [...]

    21. Though promoted as a novel about The Rapture or a Rapture-like event, fifty pages in you realize The Leftovers isn’t. Tom Perrotta’s novel is about human reactions to tragedy. We don’t know why millions of people disappeared, can’t recognize a methodology or pattern to the mass disappearances, and spend none of the book pursuing answers. Perrotta tells us multiple times that no one can figure it out. Sorry, world: you just lose, and now your citizens deal with it.We go to inspirational s [...]

    22. Most of Tom Perrotta's novels have been wry examinations of society and its foibles. Election, Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher each did a terrific job in chronicling the positives and negatives of human behavior. His characters aren't always sympathetic, their motivations aren't always understandable, but his books always make you think. With his newest novel, The Leftovers, Perrotta ponders an interesting question: what if the Rapture happened, but not all of the religiously devout w [...]

    23. Okay so this book veered away from the show around the 75% mark and didn't come close to any of the wicked cool bizarre shit that happens in it. I love that show hard, but this book is its own entity and while I was a little disappointed at first, I got over it and was able to appreciate it for what it is. And that's only fair anyway. The Leftovers follows five characters through the aftermath of a vast, unexplained Sudden Departure in which 4% of the earth's entire population has vanished witho [...]

    24. First off I won this on a First Reads Giveaway as an Advanced Reader's issue. I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting: a Rapture-like occurrence and how the people left behind cope. I've never read anything of Mr. Perrotta's before, and chances are good that I will not be reading anything else of his if they are all like this one. Actually two stars may be generous, but I liked the concept, just not the book.It was not what I was expecting, which in itself is not a bad [...]

    25. 3 stars - It was good.Liked it, but didn’t love it. My GR friend Carmen summed it up perfectly and succinctly, “ The characters are very three-dimensional and fleshed out. It was very well written, but not especially compelling or meaningful.” You can read her review here.-------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: There's not some finite amount of pain inside us. Our bodies and minds just keep manufacturing more of it.First Sentence: Laurie Garvey hadn’t been raised to be [...]

    26. When one picks up what is supposedly the masterwork of one of the most lauded literary minds of the generation, one has high expectations. Or I did, at least. The concept of The Leftovers is simple: one day about a tenth of the population just disappears. Is it the Rapture? Is it some metaphysical phenomenon that can't be explained? Were they abducted by aliens? And fucking why? The rest of us just have to go on without closure, constantly wondering at the truth and trying to cope. Perrotta uses [...]

    27. On October 14th, a large number of people up and disappeared. No one really knows what happened as it defied all explanation. Some were determined to label it The Rapture but as the author is quick to point out, it wasn’t purely Christians. As it happens, it appeared to be random selection. The novel primarily follows one family and how each person moved in different directions following the event.The Garvey family eventually falls apart in the aftermath of “The Sudden Departure”. Kevin st [...]

    28. Now that I've finished, I'll have to give this odd book a two star rating. I'm not really sure what happened. Is there another book after this? I think I've got a few unanswered questions!Not much happened in this book. People disappeared. People went on with their lives. The interesting people were The Watchers in white - the members of the G.R. (Guilty Remnant). I needed more about them, less about Kevin and Jill. I suppose Tom's life in the cult was fairly interesting.I haven't seen much of t [...]

    29. 3.5/5Много се чудих как точно да оценя "Останалите" на Том Перота. Това е един от изключително редките случаи, в които сериалът е в пъти по-добър от книгата. Романът има чудесна идея и някои крайно любопитни образи, но стои незавършен, базов, като заготовка, която разгръща пълни [...]

    30. No one predicted it this time, not even Harold Camping. This Rapture took everyone by surprise. Millions suddenly just vanished. But something seemed off. For one thing, Hindus, Buddists, Jews, atheists and Jennifer Lopez were among the missing, while many pious, God-fearing Christians were "left behind". In the wake of the tragedy that quickly becomes known as the "Sudden Departure", many of those not "taken" struggle with feelings of survivor's guilt and a sense of futility. Others try to get [...]

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