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Book Discussion - The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

  • Jul 31, 2014 · 7:00 PM

Join us in July as we discuss The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. Reviewers say this sci-fi/apocalyptic story set in quiet suburbia reminds them of the Twilight Zone. It was also on a lot of Best Books of 2011 lists, so is now very available at the library (and an HBO series based on the book will start airing at the end of June!).

Below is a description of the book  from Amazon:

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 has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. Tried to join you all tonight but apparently my GPS hates me. Spent 15 minutes circling the block and still could not find Chaibo. Sorry to have missed, just could not find it.

    July 31, 2014

    • Heather M

      Sorry to have missed you Shar! Paysha's advice is good. Chaibo is on the corner of Boulder and Blossom Street, but the entrance is actually just inside the building, and the sign outside (if there is one) isn't easy to spot. If in doubt ask at Destare!

      1 · August 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks tons! Will do next time!

      August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone...I've missed the group! Do we have a book for next months meetup yet? Also what date are we meeting? Can't wait for a great discussion!

    August 1, 2014

  • Will

    Hi Peter. sounds like he left you feeling "left behind" :)

    August 1, 2014

  • Paysha

    Wow, what a good discussion! Lots of deep themes here and I love how easily we can talk about them. Welcome to the new folks, you brought a lot to our group tonight ... I really enjoyed this book and loved talking through it. Looking forward to next month, as always!

    2 · August 1, 2014

  • Roseann

    Hi: I can't make it tonight-- sorry about the last minute change but something unexpected came up. Hope it is a great discussion.

    July 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make it tonight, unfortunately, as vacation plans were extended. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone next month.

    July 31, 2014

  • Tammy

    Sorry to bail, but I haven't even gotten the book. Next month!

    July 30, 2014

    • Lori-Ann

      Sorry I won't see you there! I actually read the book a couple years ago and instead of reading it again I am watching it on HBO!

      July 30, 2014

  • Christine

    I will join next month :) that way I have time to read the next book and have something to discuss. Thanks for letting me join the group!

    July 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Some thoughts for next month: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Dantical.

      1 · July 24, 2014

    • Christine

      I think the first two sound interesting, Cindy!

      July 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It must be a popular book. Haven't been able to get it at the library. Sorry to have to change my RSVP. Hopefully I will be able to check out the next book :)

    July 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been so busy this month! Sad to miss July's meeting. :( Let me know next months book. Will definetly attend!

    July 21, 2014

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