The sixteenth annual “One Book, One Region” kickoff will take place on Tuesday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the CURE Innovation Commons, 93 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT. The 2018 “one book,” Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, will be introduced to the audience at the event through video clips and a presentation by Connecticut College Visiting Scholar-in-Residence Bina Nepram who will provide context for the novel. Refreshments will be served.
Exit West was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award. The novel follows two young people who meet in a country teetering on the brink of civil war. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . A New York Times bestseller, the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .
Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
Mohsin Hamid was born in Lahore, Pakistan and spent the early years of his childhood in the United States. At the age of 18, he returned to the U.S. and graduated from Princeton University in 1993. In 1997, he graduated from Harvard Law School. He is the author of Moth Smoke and the international bestseller The Reluctant Fundamentalist. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books.
Hamid now divides his time between Pakistan and abroad, spending time in Lahore, New York, London, and Mediterranean countries including Italy and Greece.
Copies of Exit West will be available for purchase courtesy of Bank Square Books.
Book discussions and programs are planned at libraries throughout the summer. Exit West has also been chosen for the Connecticut College Summer Read program and the College has sent the book to all incoming first year students. Mohsin Hamid will appear at Connecticut College’s Palmer Auditorium on September 26, at 7:00 p.m.
The goals of One Book, One Region are to bring people together to discuss ideas, to broaden the appreciation of reading and to break down barriers among people. For further information, please call the Groton Public Library at 860-441-6750 or go to www.onebookoneregion.org.
WINNER OF THE 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE