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Tom Perrotta discusses his latest novel, The Leftovers. It tells what happens when neighbors, friends and lovers suddenly vanish in an event known as the Sudden Departure. It describes what the bewildered citizens of a town called Mapleton go through when people suddenly disappear, and how everything changes—marriages, friendships, as well as the relationships between parents and children.
Tennis great, Roger Federer's streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals came to an end yesterday. He lost to Robin Soderling, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, in the men's quarterfinals. Soderling is the same player Federer beat in last year's finals to claim his first French Open title. Soderling is also the one who upset Federer's main rival and four time French Open champion, Raphael Nadal, last year. Tom Perrotta is the senior editor at Tennis Magazine, and he has the details of this major upset and the significance of one of sports' greatest records.