Second Saturday Book Club – Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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Date(s) - 02/09/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid    2017   ….. This story centers on Nadia and Saeed, two young individuals who fall in love, despite religious and societal norms conspiring against them, just as their unnamed Middle Eastern country falls into civil war, forcing them and others to flee for their lives.  Hamid  uses the device of a magical door to transport individuals from one country to another — Greece, Britain, US— and into refugee life. He is less interested in the physical hardships faced by refugees in their crossings than in the psychology of exile and the costs of loss and dislocation.  Why?  In this age of great global migrations and increasing numbers of refugees, Hamid helps us grasp the desperation of individuals fleeing their homes, their families, their cultures for survival.  It was a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker prize, the National Book Critics Circle Awards, and the Kirkus Award