Exit West


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Hardcover, 1st, 231 pages

Published:  March 7th 2017 by Riverhead (first published March 2nd 2017)

Original Title: Exit West

ISBN: 0735212171 (ISBN13: 9780735212176)

Edition Language: English

Setting: San Diego, California (United States)

La Jolla, San Diego, California (United States)

Marrakesh (Morocco)

Mykonos, Cyclades (Greece)

Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (2017), Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction (2017), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2017), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Fiction (2018), Folio Prize Nominee (2018)

Kirkus Prize Nominee for Fiction (2017), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2017), Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Nominee for Fiction (2017)


In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and 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 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.

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