Exit West was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award. The novel follows two young people who meet in a country teetering on the brink of civil war.  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. 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. . . 

About the author:

Mohsin Hamid was born in Lahore, Pakistan and spent the early years of his childhood in the United States. At the age of 18, he returned to the U.S. and graduated from Princeton University in 1993. In 1997, he graduated from Harvard Law School.  He is the author of Moth Smoke and the international bestseller The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books.

Hamid now divides his time between Pakistan and abroad, spending time in Lahore, New York, London, and Mediterranean countries including Italy and Greece.

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