Sarah Jessica Parker’s newest Book Club Central pick is the extraordinary EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid, which is also shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize and is a Kirkus Prize finalist. The talented New York Times bestselling author also narrated his own audiobook and gave us insight into that unique experience in a great episode of Penguin Random House Audio’s This is the Author podcast.
EXIT WEST is an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. Join Hamid in the studio as he discusses the universality of the migration experience, what inspired him to write EXIT WEST, and why he loved the recording experience: “It felt like the world coming together and becoming smaller which is, of course, what the novel is about as well.”
(Can you guess which incredible authors he would cast to record his audiobook if he didn’t do it himself? Listen to find out!)
Hear EXIT WEST author Mohsin Hamid discuss narrating his audiobook & why he was inspired to write about the migration experience:
“Hamid delivers the themes of love, loss, and politics with a somber undertone that will remind listeners that the details of his novel could be real life for many people around the world. The narrator’s style is purposeful, measured, and dramatic. Each chapter leaves the listener waiting to hear what will happen next.”—AudioFile Magazine
“Both mellifluous and jarring, this novel is a profound meditation on the unpredictable temporality of human existence and the immeasurable cost of widespread enmity. Libraries would do well to acquire this and all of Hamid’s extraordinary titles.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“Spellbinding writing”—Booklist, starred review
“Hamid’s writing—elegant and fluid, with long sentences that encapsulate the myriad contradictions of his characters’ lives—makes EXIT WEST an absorbing read, but the ideas he expresses and the future he’s bold enough to imagine define it as an unmissable one.”—The Atlantic
As holds for this new Book Club Central pick rise, be sure to also offer patrons the EXIT WEST audio download as another great way to join the club and enjoy this phenomenal book.
EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid
Read by the Author
Available as an audiobook download
LISTEN TO AN AUDIOBOOK CLIP: EXIT WEST