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Exit West

Exit West

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Required reading for 10th grade English class English 300: Defining Literary Traditions.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet and embark on a furtive love affair. They 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.

Paperback. Published by Riverhead Books, 2018. 256 pages. ISBN 978-0735212206

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