Exit West

Exit West

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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, thrust into 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 violence and the threat of violence escalate, 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."--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780735212176
Branch Call Number: FIC HAMID 2017
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm


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Winner of 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Fiction) and The Aspen Words Literary Prize, this astonishingly visionary love story imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.


A richly imaginative tale of love and loss in the ashes of a near-future civil war.


Hamid crafts a richly imaginative tale of love and loss in the ashes of a civil war.

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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.

Mar 02, 2019

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

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.

Jan 21, 2019

instant emigration, I always like this author

Dec 29, 2018

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Dec 28, 2018

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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.

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.

Sep 12, 2018

A powerful book about escaping from a country, relationships and how people change over time, adjusting to new places and people....with a touch of "magic" or science fiction. "Doors" can help people escape from one country to another. So many people have escaped that the places they land have changed socially too, with locals reacting negatively or fleeing the area. IN the end one country comes up with a novel solution. The main story follows the two protagonists and they meet, decide to escape together, and the experiences they go through in each place. It is a powerful, beautifully written book.

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