Giveaway of The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

The LeftoversI was incredibly excited when I heard about Tom Perotta’s newest novel, The Leftovers. The premise is so very intriguing – here’s the publisher’s summary:

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.

Imagine my level of joy when I was offered the opportunity to give away one ARC of The Leftovers here on the blog! All you have to do for a chance to win is leave me a comment letting me know what about the book makes you want to read it. And since the publicist already sent me the giveaway copy, I am willing to ship internationally! So anyone and everyone is welcome to enter. 🙂 Please include a valid email address, as that is how I will contact the winner, and you have until midnight of next Saturday, August 20th to enter. I will announce the winner the following Sunday morning.

Good luck!

27 thoughts on “Giveaway of The Leftovers by Tom Perotta”

  1. I want to see if this book has anything to do with the second coming as bibically predicted. I also want to understand the psychological effects of the characters.

  2. I want to read this mainly because I loved Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher so I’m looking forward to the next book. BUT I think the topic sounds interesting AND almost slightly dystopian but not so much that I wouldn’t be interested.

  3. I’d like to read this because I enjoyed the “Left Behind” books…at least until they became predictable and rushed. It would be interesting to read someone else’s take on the rapture and it sounds like the author goes a little wider in his look at how those left behind are affected. It should be a good read.

  4. I’ve always been fascinated by thoughts of the apocalypse and the way the world would shift in reaction. I’d like to hope that fear wouldn’t take over our lives if it happened.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. I am a bit hesitant about the subject matter, but I think in Perrotta’s hands any theme would work. I want to read this book because I’m such a fan of the author. Little Children & The Abstinence Teacher were both excellent reads!

    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

    jlauren dot mcneal at gmail dot com

  6. I really really want to read this one, not only because I love Perotta’s other books, but because the premise of this one sounds super intriguing to me. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway and letting me have a shot at winning this one!


  7. I have read Perotta’s other novels and I think he has a knack for making some insightful social commentary! Would love to win!


  8. Ooooh, how exciting! I’m kindof into this apocalyptic/post-present fiction these days. (Have you read Into the Forest by Jean Hegland? Quite good.) Also, I read The Abstinence Teacher not so long ago, and I’m interested to see how the two compare . . . so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the next week or so. Thanks!!!

  9. I’m a big fan of post-apocalyptic novels, and I’m very interested in reading a novel that focuses on the struggles of the regular people who are left over. It’s usually resistance movements or violence or some sort of barren wasteland. I really want to give it a try.

  10. It looks like such an amazing book. It tackles such a difficult subject – what if the Rapture happened and you got left behind? What if it wasn’t actual the Rapture but something else? How do ordinary people handle losing loved ones to something they know nothing about?

  11. I’d love to win because it’s the book I’s seeing everywhere right now. I want to see what all the fuss is about.
    stacybooks at yahoo

  12. The Leftovers by Tom Perotta sounds like a modern day survival tale as people try to come to terms with life after an extraordinary event has rendered all that came before, moot. As a fan of psychology and reader of true adventure stories, I would like to see how the characters in the novel adapt to what is their new reality, as well as learn what precipitated this mass vanishing. The human spirit has infinite capacity to rebound after tragedy and sometimes find a silver lining in the most unlikely of circumstances.

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