Exit West (Hardcover)

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When Nadia and Saeed meet, their country is on the brink of civil war—and their city is at the center of the conflict. Their relationship develops as violence looms and death enters their lives, and they are soon faced with the option to pass through a door that will take them away from their troubled home. What they find on the other side is not simple refuge, but a new and perilous journey through an uncertain world. This is a novel about people building new lives while the ground shifts beneath them, about hope and loss and creating a tolerable future in unstable times. Beautiful and tragic, hopeful and unsettling, it is a novel for today. -Justin

— From Spring Booknotes 2017

When Nadia and Saeed meet, their country is on the brink of civil war—and their city is at the center of the conflict. Their relationship develops as violence looms and death enters their lives, and they are soon faced with the option to pass through a door that will take them away from their troubled home. What they find on the other side is not simple refuge, but a new and perilous journey through an uncertain world. This is a novel about people building new lives while the ground shifts beneath them, about hope and loss and creating a tolerable future in unstable times. Beautiful and tragic, hopeful and unsettling, it is a novel for today.

-Booknotes Spring 2017

— From Justin

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FINALIST FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

"A breathtaking novel... that] arrives at an urgent time." -NPR.org

"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

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.

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.

About the Author


Mohsin Hamid is the internationally bestselling author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Discontent and its Civilizations, and Exit West, coming in March 2017. His award-winning novels have been adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into more than thirty languages. His essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, among many other publications. Hamid now resides in Lahore, his birthplace, after living for a number of years in New York and London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780735212176
ISBN-10: 0735212171
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English