Tom Perrotta’s “The Leftovers”

RECENTLY I spoke to the author of the novel HBO has adapted into a Sunday-night series. Both the novel and the show concern a small town from which a small but significant number of people have mysteriously vanished; most of the storytelling concern the way people deal in various — and variously conflicting ways — with the loss. And as you may’ve picked up, if you’ve seen the show, the series has a different — much grimmer — tone than the novel.The_Leftovers_cover

Here is my Q+A with Perrotta, a smart and lucid guy whose novels I like a lot. I was traveling last week, so this is posted a bit late.

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