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Here is everything you need to know about Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam
Genre: Women Literature
Length: 256 pages
First Published: October 6, 2020
A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.
Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam is about 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.
About Rumaan Alam
Rumaan Alam is the author of three novels: Rich and Pretty, That Kind of Mother, and Leave the World Behind. Other writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, and the New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He co-hosts two podcasts for Slate, where he also one of the Care & Feeding advice columnists. He studied writing at Oberlin College. Now he lives in New York with his husband and two kids. Visit Rumaan Alam’s website →
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