Exit West: A Novel
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
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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Exit WestUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Hamid’s (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia) trim yet poignant fourth novel addresses similar themes as his previous work and presents a unique perspective on the ... Read full review
Exit WestUser Review - Book Verdict
Following the PEN/Hemingway finalist Moth Smoke, the Man Booker short-listed The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and the multi-best-booked How To Get Filthy Rich, with the last two also best sellers, Hamid ... Read full review