Leave the World Behind (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

Leave the World Behind (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Rumaan Alam
Leave the World Behind (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

Leave the World Behind (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Rumaan Alam

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Atmospheric and provocative, Leave the World Behind is an unsettling novel that rises above its thrilling narrative to take aim at our inherent biases. Vibrant, tense and bandying with timely social issues, this is a book that demands deep discussion.

This Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition contains a Q+A with author Rumaan Alam and a reading group guide.

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

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? 

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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063076877
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Edition description: Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,021,200
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Rumaan Alam is the author of Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. He studied at Oberlin College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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