“For now, though, he'd just have to add her name to the list of people he cared about who'd moved on. It was getting to be a long list, and it contained some pretty important names. In time, he thought, Aimee would probably seem like a footnote, but just now her absence felt bigger than that, like maybe she deserved a whole page to herself.”


The Leftovers wasn’t a quotable book, or perhaps more accurately the characters and the plot feel more riveting than any isolated string of sentences in the book. Like a lot of fiction the pleasure — the meaning — was in the unraveling it all; Laure having to let go of Meg, the shocking change of Nora’s hair color, Christine just disappearing on Tom, the fission of Kevin and Aime. The people we love are consulting being taken away from us. This is the driving point of Tom Perrotta’s novel and, like this quote, it’s horrifying in it’s banality. There’s no colossal cataclysmic rapture, the reality of the rapture is more concrete and sharp: the rapture is

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