The Leftovers

Tom Perrotta

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The New York Times bestseller now in paperback—A thought-provoking engrossing novel about love, connection, and loss from the author of The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children

What if your life was upended in an instant? What if your spouse or your child disappeared right in front of your eyes? Was it the Rapture or something even more difficult to explain? How would you rebuild your life in the wake of such a devastating event? These are the questions 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 move forward, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized neighbors, even as his own family disintegrates. 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 town’s streets as “living reminders” of God’s judgment. His son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a crooked "prophet" who calls himself Holy Wayne. Only his teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet "A" student she used to be.

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 regular people struggling to hold onto a belief in their futures.

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HEROES’ DAY
 

IT WAS A GOOD DAY for a parade, sunny and unseasonably warm, the sky a Sunday school cartoon of heaven. Not too long ago, people would have felt the need to make a nervous crack about weather like this—Hey, they’d say, maybe this global warming isn’t such a bad thing after all!—but these days no one bothered much about the hole in the ozone layer or the pathos of a world without polar bears. It seemed almost funny in retrospect, all that energy wasted fretting about something so remote and uncertain, an ecological disaster that might or

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Read by Dennis Boutsikaris. 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?

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TOM PERROTTA is the author of six works of fiction, including The Wishbones, Election and Joe College. His novels Election and Little Children were made into acclaimed and award-winning movies. He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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The Leftovers
Tom Perrotta

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2012
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ISBN: 9780312363550
ISBN10: 0312363559
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$15.99

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312363550
ISBN10: 0312363559
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$15.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

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Macmillan Audio
August 2011
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427213228
ISBN10: 1427213224
Audio Run Time: 11:00
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Unabridged Compact Disc

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Macmillan Audio
August 2011
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427213228
ISBN10: 1427213224
Audio Run Time: 11:00
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Macmillan Audio
August 2011
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ISBN: 9781427213235
ISBN10: 1427213232
Audio Run Time: 11:00
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Unabridged Digital Audio

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Macmillan Audio
August 2011
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427213235
ISBN10: 1427213232
Audio Run Time: 11:00
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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2014
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ISBN: 9781250054227
ISBN10: 1250054222
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
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Trade Paperback
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June 2014
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ISBN: 9781250054227
ISBN10: 1250054222
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
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August 2011
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368 pages
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August 2011
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ISBN: 9781429989138
ISBN10: 1429989130
368 pages
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