Monday, February 27, 2012

Mailbox Monday - The Leftovers

Currently on a Blog Tour with a New Host Each Month

Title: The Leftovers
Author: Tom Perrotta
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; (August 30, 2011)
Format: Paperback; Pgs 368
Genre: Fiction

What if the Rapture happened and you got left behind? Or what if it wasn't the Rapture at all, but something murkier, a burst of mysterious, apparently random disappearances that shattered the world in a single moment, dividing history into Before and After, leaving no one unscathed? How would you rebuild your life in the wake of such a devastating event?

This is the question 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 speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized neighbors, even as his own family falls apart. 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 streets of town as "living reminders" of God's judgment. His son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet by the name of 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 people struggling to hold onto a belief in their own futures.


Suko said...

Now here is a book I never even heard of before! I hope it is as interesting as it sounds in the description.

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I love the cover of that one. I hope you enjoy it! I've seen it around a lot.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm tempted by this - enjoy!