Author: Tom Perrotta
Published: 2012 by Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins
Read: March 2014
Why it made it to the top of the pile: I was fascinated by the premise of this book when I first heard about it. I didn't realise it referenced the Rapture, though. I might never have picked it up.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
Trivia Tidbit: HBO is producing a 10-episode season of The Leftovers, starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler
Full Disclosure: Purchased
The main action in the book takes place about three years after some of the population disappeared. Citizens of the town of Mapleton are piecing their lives together and doing the best they can. Their coping mechanisms vary from sex and drugs to exercise to joining cults. Perrotta weaves an interesting narrative about the townspeople, focused primarily on the Garvey family. None of their immediate family disappeared, but the event has impacted all of them in different ways.
It's an interesting snapshot of suburbia, but it left me wondering if the Rapture was necessary to the story, or if the people of Mapleton made any real progress during the time I spent with them. It felt a little like Perrotta couldn't decide whether to write a story about the Rapture or write a story about suburbia. In the end it seemed like he wrote half a story about each. For me, it felt like something was missing, something more than the people who used to live there.