A sad but optimistic look at the global plight of refugees.
I liked this book.
Plot summary: An unnamed city full of refugees sometime in the future, where militants and government forces are at war. This is the setting for the story of Saeed and Nadia, who flee their country through a door to a life in a different country.
Quotes from the book: “… shame, for the displaced, was a common feeling, and there was, therefore, no particular shame in being ashamed.” p.184
”We are all migrants through time.” p. 220
“All over the world people were slipping away from where they had been (…) and slipping away from other people too …” p. 221
- Shortlist 2017 Man Booker
- Nominee 2017 British Science Fiction Association Best Book
- Winner 2017 LA Times Prize for Fiction
- Winner 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize
- Shortlist 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize
- Shortlist 2018 KLF Getz Pharma Fiction Prize
- Shortlist 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award
- Shortlist 2018 Folio Prize
- Shortlist 2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize
- Shortlist 2017 Kirkus Prize
- Nominee 2017 Medici Book Club Prize
- Best Ten Books of the Year 2017 New York Times
- Shortlist 2017 St. Francis College Literary Prize