Leave The World Behind By Rumaan Alam

Leave The World Behind By Rumaan Alam

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A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction)

A Best Book of the Year from:

  • The Washington Post
  • Time
  • NPR
  • Elle
  • Esquire
  • Kirkus
  • Library Journal
  • The Chicago Public Library
  • The New York Public Library
  • BookPage
  • The Globe and Mail
  • EW.com
  • The LA Times
  • USA Today
  • InStyle 
  • The New Yorker
  • AARP 
  • Publisher's Lunch 
  • LitHub 
  • Book Marks 
  • Electric Literature 
  • Brooklyn Based 

A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.

From the best-selling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel 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.

Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: 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 cell 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 vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other?

Hardback: 242 pages

Condition: Second-Hand (Great) 

Language: English