The Leftovers

The Leftovers

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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. With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Macmillan Audio, 2011.
ISBN: 9781427216724
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Boutsikaris, Dennis
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Oct 05, 2015

A creative, thoughtful, somewhat cynical look at a post rapture world where people are disillusioned, still a bit stunned, kind of depressed, kind of searching, trying to keep living while exploring new identities and trying to discern if there are boundaries anymore. All anyone knows is that hordes of people - family, friends, coworkers, even pets - were there one minute and gone the next and no one knows why or what really happened. No Christian context. No cataclysmic, environmental events/wars, etc. Perrotta briefly considers the consequences of losing a giant chunk of the population in an instant but mostly just tells the stories of how people are getting on and creating meaning by joining cults, taking on new jobs, ditching school, forming questionable relationships or retreating into obsessive rituals. Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris strikes just the right understated tone to complement Perrotta's writing that is ironic, humorous, poignant, insightful. A moody lighthearted book if there ever was one.

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