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The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

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A haunting, disturbing tale with the extraordinary concept that for no reason a large proportion of the world’s population, millions of people, simply disappear. It is very clever. The focus of the book is on an American suburban community 'Mapleton' and their reactions.

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The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Kevin Garvey, Mapleton's new mayor, wants to bring a sense of hope to this traumatised community, but his family has fallen apart in the wake of disaster. His wife has joined a homegrown cult, and his son is a disciple of the prophet Holy Wayne. Only Jill, Kevin's daughter, remains, and she's no longer the sweet student she once was. Written with a rare ability to illuminate our everyday struggles, The Leftovers is a startling novel about love, connection and loss.


'There are few writers more entertaining or adept than Tom Perrotta at explaining the frustrations, ennui and creeping darkness at the heart of American suburbia'
Vogue Magazine

'An American Nick Hornby'

'The Steinbeck of Suburbia'

'Read The Leftovers. Don't get left behind'
USA Today

'The champion of stateside suburbia'

About the Author

Tom Perrotta is the author of several works of fiction, including 'Little Children', 'Joe College' and 'Election'. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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Publication date

2nd August 2012


Tom Perrotta

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Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


384 pages


Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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