Exit West: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-03-07
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Mohsin Hamid
An instantÂ New York Times Bestseller
âIt was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our futureâ¦ At once terrifying and â¦ oddly hopeful.â âAyelet Waldman,Â The New York Times Book Review
âMoving, audacious, and indelibly human.â âEntertainment Weekly, âAâ rating
âA breathtaking novelâ¦[that] arrives at an urgent time.â âNPR.org
As featured in the Skimm, on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Fresh Air, PBS Newshour, the cover of the New York Times Book Review, and more, an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.Â
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meetâsensual, 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 doorsâdoors 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.