Exit West (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Nadia and Saeed meet at class in a seemingly modern, but culturally restrictive city. It could be worse, and soon it is, as a militant faction attacks, and their neighborhood become a war zone. There are only two options – hide or escape.  Like the underground railroad of Colson Whitehead’s novel that actually has tracks and stations, the doors of opportunity for the migrants trying to escape brutality are actual portals to possible salvation, but whether they wind up in Mykonos, London, or Marin, California, each destination brings peril. Hamid’s spare and elegant style is almost dreamlike and matches the almost unimaginable fates the protagonists must face. And yet, and this is likely the point, people are facing these horrors every day, and the doors are far more difficult to pass through.  

— Daniel Goldin

Nadia and Saeed meet at class in a seemingly modern, but culturally restrictive city. It could be worse, and soon it is, as a militant faction attacks, and their neighborhood become a war zone. There are only two options – hide or escape.  Like the underground railroad of Colson Whitehead’s novel that actually has tracks and stations, the doors of opportunity for the migrants trying to escape brutality are actual portals to possible salvation, but whether they wind up in Mykonos, London, or Marin, California, each destination brings peril. Hamid’s spare and elegant style is almost dreamlike and matches the almost unimaginable fates the protagonists must face. And yet, and this is likely the point, people are facing these horrors every day, and the doors are far more difficult to pass through.  

— Daniel Goldin

March 2017 Indie Next List


“Exit West will take your breath away as it magically weaves together a story of falling in love while the world falls apart. Spirited Nadia captures the heart of the thoughtful Saeed, but as their different paths in life converge, ordinary life gives way to the insults of war. Mohsin Hamid conveys the story of these young refugees with tenderness, humanizing the horrors that we too often see as merely headlines. As chaos touches so many lives around the globe, Hamid writes eloquently of the beauty found in our struggle to survive. This is more than a timely story; this is a remarkable work of art.”
— Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List


“This slender and compulsively readable novel will be one of the most powerful and heartbreaking reads you will encounter. It’s a story of migration and love of all kinds while also being a lesson on empathy for people robbed of their basic rights and needs. Hamid’s prose is quiet yet commanding, delivering passages and scenes unlikely to leave your subconscious. Exit West is gorgeous, timely, and desperately needed.”
— Tarah Jennings, Mitzi's Books, Rapid City, SD

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410499486
ISBN-10: 1410499480
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2017
Language: English