Announcing Author Mohsin Hamid

Fall for the Book welcomes New York Times bestselling author Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West

Mohsin Hamid is the internationally bestselling author of four
novels—Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to
Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West—and a book of
essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been
featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted
for the Man Booker Prize, selected as winner or finalist of twenty
awards, and translated into thirty-five languages. Born in
Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the
rest in London, New York, and California.

“One of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

About Exit West

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

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.

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