Ever since I saw the book cover last summer for The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy. I was thrilled to win this novel in the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop earlier this month. Now I can pay it forward by providing a giveaway of my own so one lucky reader can win this novel!
The Review: When all of the media hype was circulating about some preacher predicting a specific date for the Rapture a while back, some of my Facebook friends and I were joking irreverently about how after the Rapture maybe real estate prices would come down enough that we could finally afford to own a home in the grotesquely over-priced California market. You see, we all assumed we would be left behind for whatever reason or, as Tom Perrotta writes, we would be among The Leftovers.
All joking aside — What if suddenly one day, millions of people all over the world simply disappeared? One minute they were doing something perfectly normal and then they just suddenly weren’t there anymore. What would really happen to all of the people left behind? How would they deal with losing people they cared for or loved? What if your wife, husband, significant other, children and/or grandchildren were taken but you weren’t? How would those people deal with discovering that they were not among the ones “chosen” to disappear? Those are among the questions dealt with in The Leftovers.
“’Something tragic occurred,’ the experts repeated over and over. ‘It was a Rapture-like phenomenon, but it doesn’t appear to have been the Rapture.’…Interestingly, some of the loudest voices making this argument belonged to Christians themselves, who couldn’t help noticing that many of the people who’d disappeared on October 14th – Hindus and Buddhists and Muslims and Jews and atheists and animists and homosexuals and Eskimos and Mormons and Zoroastrians, whatever the heck they were – hadn’t accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior.”
Every time there’s been a serious economic downturn, some religious person or another starts making dire predictions about the end of times. When I was growing up, I heard relatives talk about people preaching on almost every corner about it during the Depression. Although my friends and I had a grand time joking in a good natured way about the coming Rapture, I’m sure we would have reacted very differently if something like that had actually happened. The Leftovers shows us how several people and families react, and how it affects their lives after millions of people suddenly no longer exist on Earth.
I’ll be honest, I expected The Leftovers to be one kind of novel and it was a very different kind of novel. It has a definite point of view. It’s likely to be a novel you’re going to love or you’re going to hate. I’m not sure there’s going to be any middle ground here. Tom Perrotta is very adept at looking behind that “we’re all doing just fine” façade people tend to project to the world. He goes deeper into the uncertainties and dysfunction behind that surface. Stephen King has been quoted as saying that it’s like “the best Twilight Zone episode you never saw.” I’ll let you be the judge on this one.
The Leftovers was released in August, 2011, so it should be available from your favorite bookseller.
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What you can win = 1 person will win 1 advanced readers copy of The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
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