The Leftovers

Author(s): Tom Perrotta
Original Publish Date: Aug 30, 2011
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Audio (10.27 hours)
Product Number: Z100124989
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427213235
Narrator/s: Dennis Boutsikaris
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011 A USA Today 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011 Title One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011 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? That's what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children. Kevin Garvey, Mapleton's new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin's own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin's teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she's definitely not the sweet "A" student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he's distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start. With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta The Leftovers has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.


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The Leftovers
Product Number: BX00065146
Product Number:DD0603
Product Number:Z100124989

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Author(s): Tom Perrotta
Narrator(s): Dennis Boutsikaris
Product Number DD0603
Released: Aug 30, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781427213228
Author(s): Tom Perrotta
Product Number EB00097323
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429989138

Professional reviews

"Dennis Boutsikaris executes this production with a matter-of-fact tone that works to emphasize the surrealism that permeates Perrotta's novel. In a single day, a Rapture-like event has occurred, and those who remain on earth are left to battle the daily challenges of life (bills, school, health, etc.) despite the impact of the large-scale loss. Through several points of view, the novel traces the lives of several citizens of Mapleton and how they attempt to return to normalcy. Boutsikaris does well providing a straight vocal rendering of the details of Perrotta's world while amply delivering emotional resonance and energy when portraying the characters' states of mind. He keeps his voices and tones straight despite the shifting of perspective from chapter to chapter. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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