Exit West

I finished Exit West, which came out this year and was written by Mohsin Hamid.  It tells the story of two young people presumably in the Middle East, who start to fall in love at the same time their country is being torn apart by strife.  They cling to each other and when magical doors open up leading to other safer parts of the world, they develop a plan to leave.

Their travels first take them to Mykonos, then London and finally San Francisco.  Ultimately, the story is bittersweet as they eventually grow apart from each, as many relationships tend to do.

The book presents a very interesting point of view of today’s refugee crisis and makes the reader sympathetic to the two people who are trying to escape for a better life.  The depictions of refugee communities springing up around the globe is no different than what is really going on today.


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