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Leave the world behind : a novel
2020
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Sheltering in a New York beach house with a couple that has taken refuge during a massive blackout, a family struggles for information about the power failure while wondering if the cut-off property is actually safe. 100,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

"A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction)

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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.

From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel 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.

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? 

- (HARPERCOLL)

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