A NovelBook - 2017
10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
WINNER OF THE L.A. TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
"A breathtaking novel...[that] arrives at an urgent time." --NPR
"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
A New York Times bestseller, the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.
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.
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LPL_MeredithW May 14, 2017
An astonishingly beautiful, deceptively simple work of ever-so-slightly magical realism. This is a book we need right now.
LPL_MeredithW May 14, 2017
When mysterious doors start opening that allow refugees to travel across the globe in a single step, the whole world gets remade - and Nadia and Saeed must renegotiate the boundaries of their lives beyond the unnamed, war-torn city where they fell in love. This book is astonishing in its beauty ... Read More »
LPL_DirectorBrad Dec 30, 2016
Mesmerizing. Unputdownable. Worthy of multiple reads. A tale of immigrants moving within a subtly odd sci-fi world where national boundaries are challenged by mysterious doors that allow secret passage anywhere in the world. What? Exactly. Thank you Zadie Smith for the recommendation on this one.... Read More »