Leave the World Behind (MP3 CD)

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A family consisting of the parents and their 2 teenage children head out of NYC to a remote luxurious home they’ve rented for a week’s vacation, planning to leave the world behind. Their peaceful retreat is suddenly shattered when an older Black couple appear at their door in the middle of the night claiming to be the owners of the house and that they can’t return to the city because there is a blackout. Could they please stay? Can this couple be trusted to be who they say they are? How widespread is the blackout? When will they get any news from the outside world? The internet and TV are down and there is no cell phone service. What is going on? Suddenly animals and birds are acting strangely. Flamingos in swimming pools. Deer amassing by the hundreds. A storm is brewing. The air is still. Then a booming sound so loud it brings the humans to their knees. Glass shatters. Teeth loosen and fell out. Nausea. Insects are silent. Then a second boom. With no way to determine what is happening, there is nothing to do but wait and keep on going and hope. All in all, this is a very disturbing novel on many levels. This book was written prior to the current pandemic and all that has happened in 2020, so it might not be considered dystopian fiction after all. This is a page-turner of a novel which leaves the reader uncertain as to what lies ahead in the immediate future for both the characters and, I might add, for us in real life.

— Sandy

October 2020 Indie Next List

“Eerie and timely, Leave the World Behind will be the next book to talk about. Rumaan Alam is now solidified as a must-read author for me. He lures the reader in with excellent character development as well as family drama when the book takes a sudden turn. Slowly and masterfully, he starts building tension and suspense while teasing the reader with ominous threats in the background. Before you know it, you’ve stayed up half the night racing to the end of the book. It’s a fast read but a powerful book asking important questions.”
— Katerina Argyres (OLD RECORD), Bookshop West Portal, San Francisco, CA



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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781799942795
ISBN-10: 1799942791
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Language: English