An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for March 2017
A BookPage Top Pick for March 2017
A Publishers Weekly Pick of 10 Most-Anticipated Literary Fiction of 2017
From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, one of the most anticipated books of 2017 comes an astonishingly timely love story that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees—and the impossible choices that follow—as they’re driven from their homes to 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.
“Powerfully evokes the violence and anxiety of lives lived ‘under the drone-crossed sky.’”
“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, in the end, oddly hopeful.”
New York Times Book Review
“[A] thought experiment that pivots on the crucial figure of this century: the migrant.”
Financial Times (London)
“In gossamer-fine sentences, Exit West weaves a pulse-raising tale of menace and romance, a parable of our refugee crisis, and a poignant vignette of love won and lost.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Spare and haunting, it’s magical realism meets the all-too-real.”
“Confronts the inevitability of mass global immigration, the unbroken cycle of violence, and the indomitable human will to connect and love.”
“Hamid weaves a hint of magic into an honest portrait of two young lovers seeking asylum from their home country, which has been ravaged by violence and war.”
Mohsin Hamid is a writer whose first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize, while his second, The Reluctant Fundamentalist was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His essays and short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, and Washington Post, among others.
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Genre: Fiction/Literary
- ISBN-13: 9781524752255