Exit West

Exit West

eBook - 2017
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From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist , a love story that unfolds across the rapidly changing face of a volatile world.. 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 the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735212183
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Experience flight from a war-torn country through the eyes of a young couple in love in this lushly written, character-driven novel. Suggested by Marie B.

(On Michelle's nighstand)

One of my favorite novels of 2017, Exit West tells the bittersweet and urgent story of two people struggling with love during a civil war. Hamid has written a powerful story, using elements of magic to make the difficulty of the subject both approachable and heartbreaking.

"In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak to her." A love story in a time of violence. Achingly gorgeous prose begging the reader to slow down and savor while the slowly es... Read More »


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elfiereads
May 13, 2019

Loved this book...a quick easy read.
Makes you think

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karamiaj
Mar 28, 2019

I'm a huge fan of Jorge Luis Borges, "The Labyrinth" is my all-time favorite short story, so I really enjoyed the mysterious passages that pull Hamid's main characters through his narrative. It was a heart wrenching window to a reality far from my own, and also highly relatable though Hamid's revelatory descriptions of the complexity of love and commitment in the face of life's challenges.

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D103020101
Mar 02, 2019

Excellent, sensitive novel, proves that often fiction tells a greater truth than nonfiction--in this case about the immigrant experience.

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ellenmargaret1953
Feb 08, 2019

This book is timely in providing a brief glimpse into refugees from countries of conflict and their losses and hopes. I fell for the characters as they grew to know each other despite the trials of a country in civil war. A fantastic turn takes place as they become refugees in various countries with new cultures created by the emigres. Ill watch for the next book by this author.

Tigard_AnnieS Jan 23, 2019

Saeed and Nadia are two young people living their lives and falling in love- normal things that normal people do. Then the wars start and doors start opening and their lives are thrown into disarray. This elegantly written Science Fiction offering examines issues of migration, immigration, the refugee crisis, and how human nature seeks out love and family even in the darkest of times. This book was so beautiful, that even readers (like me!) who do not usually enjoy this genre, will be left touched by its gorgeous writing and relatable characters.

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nquinreads
Jan 21, 2019

instant emigration, I always like this author

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jmreid1220
Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2017

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jayanth0
Dec 28, 2018

Ohio State 2018 list: https://www.osu.edu/alumni/news/ohio-state-alumni-magazine/issues/summer-2018/10-books-to-add-to-your-summer-reading-list.html

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bjau75
Nov 28, 2018

Very interesting blend of fantasy elements and a realistic look at the problems immigrants face when forced to leave their home country and attempt to assimilate into other cultures. The book does a good job of blending these elements into a character-centered story that keeps you interested in the young couple's plight. Very relevant to today's current cultural climate.

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lizhulleman
Sep 18, 2018

emigrants saeed and nadia
the world has opened itself up in a mysterious but beautiful way, as doors are appearing that transport anyone who walks through them to other parts of the world.

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