EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid, Penguin.

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It could be any Mus­lim city. In any coun­try, re­ally, be­cause the story is univer­sal: two young peo­ple, Na­dia and Saeed, fall in love. Their ro­mance is bloom­ing when war breaks out. As the dan­ger in­ten­si­fies, the lovers dis­cover mag­i­cal doors – es­cape routes ca­pa­ble of trans­port­ing them to dis­tant lands. Do they take these doors to be­come refugees? Or stay in their home, with their fam­i­lies, and risk death? Where does safety lie? Mohsin Hamid’s first novel since the award-win­ning The Re­luc­tant Fun­da­men­tal­ist puts a hu­man face on the world­wide dilemma that mil­lions of peo­ple face, and helps you un­der­stand how far des­per­a­tion can drive you. Short, beau­ti­fully writ­ten, it’s a master­class in how to turn an is­sue into some­thing you can feel, af­fect­ing peo­ple you care for.

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