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Exit West

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Sci-fi

Themes: Emigration, Refugees

Format: Paperback

Finished: July 2, 2018

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Nadia and Saeed’s country is in the middle of a civil war. They hear about secret doorways popping up all over their city that take you to different places. They leave their families behind and go. They become refugees.

The description on the back does this book a disservice. It makes it sound like a sultry romance novel. It isn’t. This is a story about love, friendship, sacrifice, struggle, and the human spirit. Mohsin’s writing is beautiful and captivating. He draws you in to what refugees go through. They are human, they feel pain/joy/sadness/desire. You feel them when you read this book, too. You can’t stop from putting yourself in their shoes.

Jackie Luo recommended this book to me in response to a thread on Twitter.