Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong 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. 
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2020.
ISBN: 9780062667656
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 256 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Nov 20, 2020

A "thriller" featuring no suspense, no moody atmosphere, flat characters, and nothing but cumbersome writing to keep a reader interested.

Nov 19, 2020


Nov 15, 2020

I did not like this book at all.

Nov 12, 2020

I found this a deeply unsatisfying book.

Nov 02, 2020

Amanda and Clay along with their children, Rose and Archie are on vacation in a beautiful rental property. Not on the ocean, too expensive but secluded and out of cell tower range. They are a typical family, utterly dependent on devices but the house has wifi so they still are connected to the outside world. But the owners of the house show up and say the power is out all over New York. Are they the owners? They are black and the house doesn’t look lime a black family decorated it. Eventually, they believe the owners but strange things are happening. Hundreds of deer appear in the yard. The wifi goes out a herd if flamingos arrive. And most disturbing, a sound line nothing heard before sends the families into shock. What is happening to the world is it a global war, aliens. What happens when all you know is stripped away. And only the children are at peace

LPL_MaryW Oct 19, 2020

I can’t help but laugh as I recollect this novel. Darkly funny and richly suspenseful, it follows a white family and a Black couple in a remote New York house as a series of unfathomable events occur around them. Alam comments on our modern obsession with information, as we compulsively scroll our feeds and pat our pockets in panic to ensure our phones’ presence. Without information, are humans really capable of anything? This book is a study of privileged people, what they do when they must prove their capabilities, what they do when they are frightened. Leave the World Behind is superb—its unanswered questions perfect for book discussions.

Oct 15, 2020

A white family leaves NYC for a weeklong vacation in a remote home on Long Island. Their vacation is interrupted when a mysterious event happens cutting them off from the outside world and the homeowners return home. This character-driven novel will make you anxious and test your sympathies while forcing you to think. It will also test your patience if you are like me and wondering what the heck happened. Recommended for people who like their fiction with a dose of smart social commentary and who don't mind open endings.

STPL_JessH Oct 10, 2020

I have really mixed feelings about this book: some of the story elements are quite interesting and some of the sentences are just preposterous. I'll leave you to discover those for yourself. I really dislike Amanda and Clay mostly because Amanda reminds me a great deal of Amy Cooper. If you read the book, you'll know exactly the scene I mean.

I have no problem with an ambiguous ending; I have a problem with a fascinating commentary on race being introduced then sort of abandoned midway through the book. The problem with important ideas that are not executed well is that we end up with a mediocre story that could have been so much more. I'm glad I read it because there were some very compelling moments. I just wish it was less pretentious and contained more nuance.

DCLadults Oct 07, 2020

A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2020. What begins with a family thrilled to vacation for the week in a luxurious Long Island beach house rental, turns to post-apocalyptic horror. The owners arrive in the middle of the night in a panic and say that the city has had a blackout and perhaps the entire East Coast.

debwalker Sep 27, 2020

When you're vacation rental gets interrupted by the owners. Or...are they REALLY the owners?


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