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Exit West
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Exit West


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 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.

Title:Exit West
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:231 pages
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    Exit West Reviews

  • Emily May
    Mar 30, 2017

    “When we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind.” I thought this book was quietly brutal. And quietly beautiful, as well.If you've come here looking for magical realism, I would ...

  • Maxwell
    Mar 12, 2017

    I want to shove this book into everyone's hands and say, "READ IT." Undoubtedly the best book I've read so far this year and one of the best I will probably read in 2017. Hamid's writing is lush and e...

  • Larry H
    Mar 08, 2017

    Sam, I have you to thank for this one."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...

  • Diane S ?
    Jan 20, 2017

    4+. We need more books like this, or no, maybe that's wrong, what we need are more readers of books like this. The country it takes place is unnamed, but one part makes it sound as if it is in Asia so...

  • Ariel
    May 25, 2017

    Very fascinatingly, I think I would have liked this book more if I had never read the synopsis. The synopsis makes it sound like we're going to have two lovers who are in a city that is becoming a war...

  • Iris P
    Feb 22, 2017

    Exit West Mohsin Hamid - The AuthorWe are all migrants through timeMoshin Hamid - Exit West***********************************************Literature fulfills many roles in our lives. We read to learn ...

  • Elyse
    Apr 17, 2017

    Saeed and Nadia are contemporary young adults who come together "in a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet by war". Nadia is living alone - as a young single female....

  • Sam
    Dec 29, 2016

    For when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind. Though a thin slip of a novel, Exit West packs a powerful punch cloaked subtly in a quiet but dynamic tale of migration, told in ...

  • Natalie
    Jun 06, 2017

    I've seen this book quite a lot online since its release a couple of months back and finally decided to give it a shot yesterday... and I was transfixed almost instantly with that first chapter, espec...

  • Snotchocheez
    Apr 14, 2017

    2.5 stars What started out to be a gorgeously haunting look at life in a Middle East city at the brink of civil war turned ponderous and perplexing by the end of Mohsin Hamid's slim novel Exit West. ...