Leave the World Behind

A Novel

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Publisher Description

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction)

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? 

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
October 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Ecco
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
1.4
MB

Customer Reviews

bwmwhitney ,

Well-crafted glimpse into terror

Gorgeously written, but also maddeningly unsatisfying. It’s a story of a moment, or a few, without answers. An eloquent side-note to something much larger, much darker lurking just beyond.

notcoolman124 ,

Disappointing.

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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