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Perrotta offers 'Leftovers'

Author Tom Perrotta reading from his book “The Leftovers’’ at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Tuesday. Author Tom Perrotta reading from his book “The Leftovers’’ at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Tuesday. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
September 1, 2011

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Belmont author Tom Perrotta’s getting a lot of press - much of it positive - for his new book, “The Leftovers.’’ (Three mentions in The New York Times in a week seems like a lot, no?) Tuesday, the author dubbed “the Steinbeck of suburbia’’ treated a crowd of fans to a passage from the novel during a reading at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. There were a few familiar faces in the crowd, including Oscar winner Chris Cooper and his wife, Marianne, writer Janet Tashjian, and Providence-based author Ann Hood, with whom Perrotta has something in common: Hood’s semi-autobiographical novel, “The Knitting Circle,’’ will soon be an HBO film starring Katherine Heigl, while “The Leftovers’’ is being turned into a series by HBO. Perrotta will be reading again Sept. 19 at the Harvard Book Store.