Leave the World Behind: Signed Bookplate Edition (Hardback)Rumaan Alam (author)
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Both deeply unsettling chiller and audacious take on the febrile politics of modern society, Alam’s immersive page-turner places a vacationing couple at the mercy of strangers in need.
Signed Edition - with signed book plates, exclusive stencilled edges, and a Q&A.
A standard edition is available here.
Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a holiday: 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 with a late-night knock on the door, the spell is broken.
Ruth and G. H., an older couple who claim to own the home, have arrived there in a panic. These strangers say that a sudden power outage has swept the city, and - with nowhere else to turn - they have come to the country in search of shelter. But with the TV and internet down, and no phone service, the facts are unknowable.
Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple - and vice versa? What has happened back in New York? Is the holiday home, isolated from civilisation, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another?
An impossibly compelling literary thriller about the world we live in now, Rumaan Alam's novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped in moments of crisis - and how the most terrifying situations are never far from reality.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
"Easily the best thing I have read all year." - Kiley Reid
'Deserves a place among the classics' - Washington Post
"I have not been this profoundly unnerved since Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go." - Carmen Maria Machado
'Poised to be one of the biggest titles of the fall . . . A comedy of manners wrapped inside a tense disaster plot' - New York Magazine
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