Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review 39: The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

The Leftovers imagines a society where approximately 1/3 of the world’s population disappears one day. Straight up disappears, without warning, evaporated from where they’re standing. No one knows where they have gone. Society shuts down for a year or two as people struggle to come to terms with it. Naturally, many believe the rapture has occurred and the “leftovers” were left behind.

Note: Damon Lindelof of Lost is developing a pilot based on the novel for HBO. I’m intrigued.

The book looks at a sampling of those who remain. A father, his daughter who transforms from a straight A student into a troubled girl experimenting with sex and drugs, his son who leaves college to join a cult, and his wife, who joins a separate cult that stalks their neighbors. Another woman’s entire family disappeared and she struggles to move on.

Possible spoilers…


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