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Leave the World Behind

by Rumaan Alam

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Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
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    Oct 2020, 256 pages

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Asking critical questions about trust, family and power, Leave the World Behind is a master class in delayed tension, as two families seek to overcome their differences and survive what may be the end of days.

Amanda, Clay and their two teenage children have rented a remote vacation home in Long Island to escape the stresses of daily life. In the dead of night, the spell is broken by a knock at the door. It heralds the arrival of Ruth and G.H., an older Black couple who claim to own the property. They explain that New York has been hit by a blackout and that something strange is going on in the city, so they've returned to Long Island seeking shelter. Amanda and Clay warily let them in, though they have no WiFi, phone or TV signal to corroborate the couple's story. As events take ever stranger turns, they will all be pushed to consider the fragile nature of safety and togetherness.

The opening chapters establish Amanda, Clay and their children as a typical middle-class, white American family, as eager to maintain their carefully curated image as they are prone to casual racism. It's clear ...

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