Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid has consistently shown his brilliance at using literature to capture the tensions between Islam and the West, tensions that play out globally and in the granularity of people’s lives. His new novel is another testament to the power of his spare, elegant writing, and demonstrates his fearlessness in treading on uncomfortable political ground. A love story at its core, the novel exposes disquieting truths about secular and fundamentalist interpretations of religion, culture, and community. Moments of magical realism provide a potent metaphorical backdrop to the story, much of which takes place in a country never named. A stunning novel.