Literary Fiction

Exit West

by Mohsin Hamid

Quick take

You can’t walk away from this novel and feel unchanged, because nothing I’ve read before has made me feel what it is to have your native city become an uninhabitable war zone.

Why I love it

There couldn’t be a timelier novel than migrant love story Exit West. Mohsin Hamid never names the city from which his hero and heroine'”Saeed and Nadia'”must escape. They fall in love like many modern men and women do, at first tentatively, and then with increasing urgency, constantly in cell phone communication, negotiating sexual and relationship boundaries, smoking pot, even tripping on shroom...

Member thoughts

40% Love
48% Like
11% Dislike
  • Jacob O.

    Omaha, NE

    "Absolutely brilliant and heartfelt from start to finish."

  • Chelsea S.

    Naperville, IL

    "Really opened my eyes to the refugee crisis in a brand new way."

  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "gorgeous writing"

  • Melissa H.

    Collingswood, NJ

    "Interesting and unique with a very special take on immigration. I want to reread it soon because I feel it will change with every read."

  • Allie P.

    Philadelphia, PA

    "Put some things into perspective"

  • Roberta C.

    Port Washington , NY

    "Beautifully written, imaginative, timely for sure."

  • Sheri L.

    Birmgingham, MI

    "Sp many relevant topics, men and women's role, refugees, how refugees are treated in different countries...."

  • Lauren M.

    Ionia, MI

    "I love the alternate reality presented with the doors. Magic realism at its finest. The author never states where the refugees came from, which helps make it more relatable. A future classic!"

  • Jeff O.

    Orem, UT

    "What a powerful narrative about the refuge experience. Really opens your eyes."

  • Stacy G.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "I appreciated the uniqueness of the story and wanted them to find happiness! Beautifully written and timely. "

  • Abigail F.

    Washington, DC

    "Gorgeous writing and beautiful storyline. I only wish it were longer. If only everyone who is arguing over refugee policy would read it!"