Leave the World Behind

A Read with Jenna Pick

    • 3.4 • 1.3K Ratings
    • $12.99
    • $12.99

Publisher Description

Soon to be a Netflix film starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha'la, Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans and Kevin Bacon. Written for the Screen and Directed by Sam Esmail. Executive Producers Barack and Michelle Obama, Tonia Davis, Daniel M. Stillman, Nick Krishnamurthy, Rumaan Alam

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in Fiction

One of Barack Obama's Summer Reads

A Best Book of the Year From: The Washington Post * Time * NPR * Elle * Esquire * Kirkus * Library Journal * The Chicago Public Library * The New York Public Library * BookPage * The Globe and Mail * EW.com * The LA Times * USA Today * InStyle * The New Yorker * AARP * Publisher's Lunch * LitHub * Book Marks * Electric Literature * Brooklyn Based * The Boston Globe

A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.

From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe.

Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other? 

Fiction & Literature
October 6

Customer Reviews

Putu91 ,

Quit on Page 4

**Edited and changed from 2 stars to 3. Once I got past the first 15 pages or so, it was a better read, but the first few pages are rough for reasons listed below….
Why did I not read the reviews first?! It reads like a high school writer trying to throw in way too many descriptive and overly sophisticated words to make them appear more intelligent. Couldn’t stand to read it. Waste of money.

notcoolman124 ,


I had high hopes for this book after hearing an excerpt on NPR. The book was a major letdown. Overly flowery in language for no good reason. Read like the “man trying to write a woman” joke. Too much useless, irrelevant description and a lack of character development (beyond the unnecessary sexual aspect). Ending was just frustrating. If you want any kind of a resolution, forget it. It’s like the last few chapters are missing.

studio127 ,

Armageddon with useless characters

Annoying characters Sexual references totally gratuitous. Why did these characters do anything they did. The plot line would be interesting if it were not 2020 and it didn’t feel like Armageddon with the pandemic. It was sloppily written and sloppily edited.

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