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Mohsin Hamid

Exit West

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2017

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Exit West

  • Genre: Fiction; magical realism
  • Originally Published: 2017
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile NC1660L; college/adult
  • Structure/Length: 12 chapters; approx. 268 pages; approx. 4 hours, 42 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Saeed and Nadia are two young residents of an unnamed Southeast Asian country on the brink of civil war who start a clandestine love affair; as the situation deteriorates in their nation, they discover a series of doors throughout the city offering them the opportunity to step into their choice of foreign countries obstacle-free and re-start their lives, which they venture to do together, despite their wildly contrasting temperaments.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Sexual assault

Hamid, Mohsin

  • Bio: Born in 1971 in Lahore, Pakistan, to parents of Punjabi and Kashmiri descent; graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1993, where he studied international relations and also fiction under Toni Morrison; returned to Pakistan to continue writing; graduated from Harvard Law School in 1997, but used time off during his post-law school corporate work to finish his first novel; has written journalism and essays for TIME, The New York Times, the Paris Review, and other publications; has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and London, England
  • Other Works: Moth Smoke (2000); The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007); How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013); Discontent and Its Civilizations (2016); The Last White Man (2022)
  • Awards: Kirkus Prize (finalist; 2017), Booker Prize (shortlisted; 2017), National Book Critics Circle Award (finalist; 2017); ALA Notable Books (selection; 2018)