Exit West

A Novel

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Publisher Description

FINALIST FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE & WINNER OF THE L.A. TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE

“It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future… At once terrifying and … oddly hopeful.” —Ayelet Waldman, The New York Times Book Review

“Moving, audacious, and indelibly human.” —Entertainment Weekly, “A” rating

The New York Times bestselling novel: an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands, from the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and the forthcoming The Last White Man.
 
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2017
March 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
240
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.9
MB

Customer Reviews

User072119 ,

Intersting Story

I voluntarily received an ARC of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid in exchange for an honest review.

Exit West is not my typical genre for pleasure reading. Honestly, the only books similar to this one I've read were on assigned reading lists in high school, but the blurb intrigued me, so I decided to give it a chance. Hamid's prose beautifully tells the captivating and trying story of Saeed and Nadia during a conflict that is still currently our world. It was very interesting to read about the conflict in the middle east and the refugee debate from someone on the other side. This book will definitely make you think about some of the current issues in our world.

sophia.toback ,

A clear look into migrant’s struggles with a magical twist

This is a clear and sobering look into the struggles faced by refugees and displaced migrants. Yet if you are looking for a completely non-fiction story this is not it. At first I was confused until I realized fantasy/ magic, romance and historical fiction-ish could be woven into one book. Although odd at first I think “Exit West” is worth a read.

ljpowers90 ,

The ties that bind

Lovely. The words and cadence move slowly but bring attention to the emotions. He perfectly describes relatable emotions from characters whose lives are far removed from my experience - from the intensity and vividness of first love through fear and bonding, and the challenge of separation and independence. It’s just lovely and will read more of Hamid’s work.

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