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The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta.. What if only the good suddenly vanish? That’s the more or less rapturous (except they’re not all Christian) premise of Perrotta’s newest. Suburban-angst sci-fi? I think it works.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The novel is filled with those who have changed their lives radically or discovered something crucial about themselves, as radical upheaval generates a variety of coping mechanisms. Though the tone is more comic than tragic, it is mainly empathic, never drawing a distinction between "good" and "bad" characters, but recognizing all as merely human—ordinary people dealing with an extraordinary situation."

Kirkus Reviews

"Rather than let his characters — who live in a pleasant suburb named Mapleton — settle back easily into a New Normal, Mr. Perrotta suggests that the world has somehow fundamentally changed, that the Sudden Departure has unhinged a lot of people and fueled all sorts of crackpot beliefs."

The New York Times

Author bio: Thomas R. Perrotta (born August 13, 1961) is an Albanian-American/ Italian-American novelist and screenwriter best known for his novels Election (1998) and Little Children (2004), both of which were made into critically acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated films. Perrotta co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film version of Little Children with Todd Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Perrotta was born in Garwood, New Jersey, the son of a postman and a secretary, and was raised Roman Catholic. Perrotta grew up a voracious reader of authors such as O. Henry, J. R. R. Tolkien, and John Irving, and decided early in his life that he wanted to be a writer. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (355 pp. Theo-fiction? Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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