Mohsin Hamid, Exit West, at UNM's Woodward Hall

FREE talk with book sales and signing, co-sponsored by Bookwork and the University of New Mexico English Department. No ticket required. 

  • One of the 10 Best Books of the Year--New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, People Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly
  • Best Book of the Year--Time Magazine, GQ, O the Oprah Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times
  • Finalist, Man Booker Prize
  • Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Awards


"A breathtaking novel...[that] arrives at an urgent time."
"Moving, audacious, and indelibly human."--Entertainment Weekly, "A" rating

New York Times bestseller, the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. 

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.

Mohsin Hamid is the author of the international bestsellers Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, both finalists for the Man Booker Prize. His first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. His essays, a number of them collected as Discontent and Its Civilizations, have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington PostThe New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
University of New Mexico Woodward Hall
west of the Student Union Building
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Exit West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156034029
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Published: Mariner Books - April 14th, 2008

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632334
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 4th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781594486609
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Published: Riverhead Books - December 4th, 2012

Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634031
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2016