I gave up on The Victorians by A.N. Wilson yesterday and turned to some newly published fiction — Tom Perotta’s The Leftovers. As I expected, his engaging style had me humming along in no time — 116 pages in without realizing it. The novel, in case you haven’t read the reviews, takes place about three years after a Rapture-like event in which millions of people are taken up. Actually they simply disappear, without regard to religious affiliation or devotion level. The titular leftovers are those left behind and they cope in a variety of ways.
“Laurie wanted to do her part for the G.R. [Guilty Remnant], she really did. But the thought of walking over there, ringing the doorbell, and asking Kevin for half of everything she’d turned her back on filled her with shame.”
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*10/29 update: Finished the book, liked it a lot, wrote a recommendation for the Staff Favorites section of the Library’s website, which you can read here.