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WINNER OF THE 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE
TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2017, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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.
A gem of a novel. Thoroughly global in it’s scope and utterly human at it’s essence.
Hardly any dialogue.