Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"A ... novel about two families--strangers to each other--who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062667632
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 24 cm


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LPL_MaryW Oct 19, 2020

I can’t help but laugh as I recollect this novel. Darkly funny and richly suspenseful, it follows a white family and a Black couple in a remote New York house as a series of unfathomable events occur around them. Alam comments on our modern obsession with information, as we compulsively scroll our feeds and pat our pockets in panic to ensure our phones’ presence. Without information, are humans really capable of anything? This book is a study of privileged people, what they do when they must prove their capabilities, what they do when they are frightened. Leave the World Behind is superb—its unanswered questions perfect for book discussions.

Oct 15, 2020

A white family leaves NYC for a weeklong vacation in a remote home on Long Island. Their vacation is interrupted when a mysterious event happens cutting them off from the outside world and the homeowners return home. This character-driven novel will make you anxious and test your sympathies while forcing you to think. It will also test your patience if you are like me and wondering what the heck happened. Recommended for people who like their fiction with a dose of smart social commentary and who don't mind open endings.

STPL_JessH Oct 10, 2020

I have really mixed feelings about this book: some of the story elements are quite interesting and some of the sentences are just preposterous. I'll leave you to discover those for yourself. I really dislike Amanda and Clay mostly because Amanda reminds me a great deal of Amy Cooper. If you read the book, you'll know exactly the scene I mean.

I have no problem with an ambiguous ending; I have a problem with a fascinating commentary on race being introduced then sort of abandoned midway through the book. The problem with important ideas that are not executed well is that we end up with a mediocre story that could have been so much more. I'm glad I read it because there were some very compelling moments. I just wish it was less pretentious and contained more nuance.


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