A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick - Booker Gems
THE NEW YORK TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
WINNER OF THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
'Astonishing' Zadie Smith
An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
All over the world, doors are appearing.
They lead to other cities, other countries, other lives.
And in a city gripped by war, Nadia and Saeed are newly in love.
Hardly more than strangers, desperate to survive, they open a door and step through.
But the doors only go one way.
Once you leave, there is no going back.
*Coming soon as a major Netflix film - produced by Michelle and Barack Obama and starring Riz Ahmed*
'One of the year's most significant literary works' The New York Times
'A masterpiece' Michael Chabon
'Addictively readable and brilliantly written. Fantastic' Mail on Sunday
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Exit West is a triumph of the imagination. The novel turns the current migrant crisis into a page-turning read that’s as beautiful and surprising as it is a gut punch. Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, makes you care deeply about his complex, flesh-and-blood protagonists, Nadia and Saeed. After their unnamed city descends into violence, the couple embark on a jaw-dropping journey. Every page of Hamid’s novel crackles with gorgeous prose, suspense, sparkling dialogue and compassion.
Hamid's (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia) trim yet poignant fourth novel addresses similar themes as his previous work and presents a unique perspective on the global refugee crisis. In an unidentified country, young Saeed and burqa-wearing Nadia flee their home after Saeed's mother is killed by a stray bullet and their city turns increasingly dangerous due to worsening violent clashes between the government and guerillas. The couple joins other migrants traveling to safer havens via carefully guarded doors. Through one door, they wind up in a crowded camp on the Greek Island of Mykonos. Through another, they secure a private room in an abandoned London mansion populated mostly by displaced Nigerians. A third door takes them to California's Marin County. In each location, their relationship is by turns strengthened and tested by their struggle to find food, adequate shelter, and a sense of belonging among emigrant communities. Hamid's storytelling is stripped down, and the book's sweeping allegory is timely and resonant. Of particular importance is the contrast between the migrants' tenuous daily reality and that of the privileged second- or third-generation native population who'd prefer their new alien neighbors to simply disappear.