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Jennifer Asimakopoulos led a discussion of Exit West 
by Mohsin Hamid on January 23rd, 2018 at Indian Prairie Public Library District. CLICK HERE to access the notes on the book discussion. 

An astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands

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 remarkable 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.

  • Finalist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize and the 2017 Kirkus Prize

    Named a best book of the year by New York Times Book Review, Time Magazine, NPR, and The Guardian

    The Leadership Topic, led by Elizabeth Hopkins, focused on discussing "best" books. "Best" books referred to either award winners or popular book club picks. CLICK HERE for the notes on the leadership discussion. 

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