Monday, September 12, 2011

The Leftovers

"Perrotta has delivered a troubling disquisition on how ordinary people react to extraordinary and inexplicable events, the power of family to hurt and to heal, and the unobtrusive ease with which faith can slide into fanaticism."Stephen King

Perrotta, Tom. The Leftovers. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2011. Print.

Tom Perrotta's latest novel is about how the residents of a small suburban town carry on with their lives after the Rapture has taken away many of their loved ones without warning. For a longer description of the storyline, read this review from the New York Times:


I was disappointed by the book's ending. Like the Rapture itself (or the last episode of The Sopranos), it happened abruptly without tying up any loose ends. I had grown attached to the characters and wanted to spend more time with them. If this had been a John Irving book, it would have gone on for another 500 pages and I still wouldn't have wanted it to end. The main characters would have adopted (or shot) a bear and run away to New Hampshire or Austria (or both). The Leftovers could have been a great American classic, had it not ended so soon.