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Exit West

May 2017 book selection

Exit West

by Mohsin Hamid

May 3, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

If you don't have a place at our table for our May 9 Face to Face meetings, get one now.  We will be discussing the new novel Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.  Hamid's novel explores a world overrun with immigrants, but happily in most cases.  Doors are opening to allow new experiences, new countries and new love.  It's the movement that becomes important. From here to there, but we are never sure which is which.  The language in this book is a luxury to read.  Please, join our conversation and tell us how you perceive this work of art.  We will have two meetings on Tuesday, May 9. One at 2pm and one at 6pm and both will be magical. 

April 26, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

Imagine a better world.  Some days, it feels difficult, but with Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, our May selection, it is infinitely possible, at least for the characters in his book.  Magical doors, or are they metaphorical doors?  What country are Saeed and Naomi in, and where are they going? What about their families, or the families of others on this journey? Questions and more questions stem from reading this magnificent novel.  Hamid's last book, The Reluctant Fundamentalist was well received and even nominated for The Man Booker prize, but this one scales new literary heights.  Come join the conversation on Tuesday, May 9 at 2pm or 6pm in our Community room. It will be intense. 

April 19, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

NPR said of our May selection, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid "He captures the feeling of being displaced beautifully, this is the best writing of Hamid's career". Not faint praise and this review follows the same theme as all others.  Hamid's skillful writing will draw you into this story of love and the journey it takes. You will feel an empathy with these people which may change your outlook on our world today.  It may also open you to new forms of fiction.  The book has a slightly magical feel, which is not usually to MY liking, but this time it not only works, it works beautifully and gives the reader a renewed power.

Please come and give us your thoughts.  Our meetings will take place on Tuesday, May 9 in our Community Room.  Be there.

April 11, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

Please mark your calendars for what may be one of CapRadio Reads most fascinating conversations yet. On Tuesday, May 9, at each of our two meetings at 2pm or 6pm we will be discussing the new novel by Mohsin Hamid, Exit West.  Set in an unidentified country, somewhere in the Middle East, two young Lovers, Nadia and Saeed are almost typical young lovers, texting, sneaking into each other's apartments and listening to music. The unique thing about their relationship is that it goes on while the city around them  is crumbling and war torn.  Then, they start to hear rumors, rumors of doorways and their journey begins.  You will certainly fall in love with this couple, and you will also feel a pull to the words of this story. Please, don't be left out.  Sign up today to be with us for this one.

A book that receives only fantastic reviews is very unusual.  In fact, I believe we have only read one book in the last four years that will compare with our May selection, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and that book was A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra.  I don't want to set the bar so high that there are any disappointments here, so maybe I should just say, you won't be sorry you read it.  See for yourself.  Get a copy of Exit West and join us for one of our two meetings on May 9. Tell us what you think, but you had best look up some new superlatives, because I think you will need them.  Face to Face meetings will be at either 2pm or 6pm in our Community Room on Tuesday, May 9. Join us, please.