Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Armchair Novel Review - The Leftovers

The Leftovers
by Tom Perrotta
Category: Fiction
Hardcover, 368 pages
Also available as an eBook

Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Little Children, as well as The Abstinence Teacher, Joe College, Election (made into a movie), The Wishbones, and Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies, begins his newest novel, The Leftovers, with a simple premise - what would happen if a random portion of the population were to suddenly disappear?

Much like the Rapture, but with no apparent design or reason, they simply vanish - The Leftovers is a novel about the people left behind.

The novel focuses on the small town of Mapleton, a formerly idyllic American suburb now populated with the bewildered leftovers of the Sudden Departure. Three years have passed, and the world is trying to get on with life as best it can. Cults have popped up all over the place and everyone is coping, and not coping, in their own unique ways.

The Leftovers is an interesting study in human behaviour; rather than go into the how and why of the Sudden Departure, Perrotta follows a few individuals through a window of their lives as they cope with grief, hope, and survivor's guilt.

The author infuses comedy and tragedy into his spare prose, as his characters try to find normal again. This one definitely gets you thinking.

Click here to read an excerpt from the book.
Click here to visit Tom Perrotta's web page.