Leave the World Behind – Rumaan Alam
‘Easily the best thing I have read all year’ – Kiley Reid, Author of Such a Fun Age
‘Intense, incisive, I loved this and have still not quite shaken off the unease’ – David Nicholls
‘Simply breathtaking… An extraordinary book, at once smart, gripping and hallucinatory’ – Observer
The Instant New York Times Bestseller
A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong. Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a holiday: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But with a late-night knock on the door, the spell is broken. Ruth and G.H., an older couple who claim to own the home, have arrived there in a panic. These strangers say that a sudden power outage has swept the city, and – with nowhere else to turn – they have come to the country in search of shelter. But with the TV and internet down, and no phone service, the facts are unknowable.
Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple – and vice versa? What has happened back in New York? Is the holiday home, isolated from civilisation, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another?
Soon to be a major global netflix adaptation starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts.
Finalist for the National Book Award 2020
A Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Observer, Irish Times and Time Book of the Year
Everyone is talking about Leave the World Behind
‘You will probably need to read it in as close to one sitting as possible’ – Sunday Times
‘A page-turner taking in themes of isolation, race and class’ – Guardian
‘A book that could have been tailor-made for our times’ – The Times
‘A literary page-turner that will keep you awake even after it ends’ – Mail on Sunday
‘An exceptional examination of race and class and what the world looks like when it’s ending’ – Roxane Gay
‘Explores complex ideas about privilege and fate with miraculous wit and grace’ – Jenny Offill
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