Leave the World Behind

Author(s): Rumaan Alam

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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 a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple - it's their house, and they've arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area - with the TV and internet now down, and no phone service - it's hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple - and vice versa? What 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?

Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam's third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped - and unexpected new ones are forged - in moments of crisis.


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 Staff notes: With a cerebral prose style and attention to detail reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, Rumaan Alam contemplates our fear of the unknown and how it affects our social bonds. The story bristles with the kind of dread that keeps you turning the pages just to see what happens, to see if the world really is ending. — Josh


General Fields

  • : 9781526633095
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.391904
  • : June 2020
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  • : books

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  • : 256
  • : 813.6
  • : English
  • : 2011
  • : Paperback
  • : Rumaan Alam