We conclude our Mayor's Book Club exploration of Exit & Flight: Narratives of the Refugee Experience with a reading and conversation with bestselling, award-winning author Mohsin Hamid, whose latest novel, Exit West, follows a young couple fleeing their collapsing nation in search of safety, freedom, and opportunity. Hamid will read from the novel and talk with Bret Anthony Johnston, a bestselling author and director of the UT Michener Center for Writers. An audience Q&A and book signing will follow. BookPeople will be on hand to sell books.
ABOUT EXIT WEST: 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.
ABOUT MOHSIN HAMID: Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels: Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into more than thirty-five languages. Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.