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The Sudden Departure of Normal Life: A Review of Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers

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The Leftovers

Reviewed in this essay: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. Random House of Canada, 2011. Four years after The Abstinence Teacher, and seven years after the massive success of Little Children, Tom Perrotta is back with The Leftovers, a novel that manages to strike just the right balance between complete absurdity and dozy normality in his depiction of North American suburban life. The Leftovers...