Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind
Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction
Tag: Dystopia
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Year: 2020
Length: 256
ASIN: 0062667637
ISBN: 9780062667632

Amanda and Clay, a white couple, have just started a relaxing vacation in the Hamptons with their teen son and daughter when there is a knock at the door. G.H. and Ruth, a black couple who say they are the owners of the home, have arrived from New York. All they know is there has been a blackout. They are worried, and speculating, and could they stay in the home while they figure out what’s happening?

The couples eye one another with suspicion, forced to trust while cut off from the world. Phones, internet, and television don’t work. Large booms and strange animal behavior unnerve them. What does one do, while still safe but suspecting that the world is ending?

This deeply unsettling book is perfect for any reader who is leaning into disaster lit during the pandemic. The tension, language, and interweaving of race and class commentary are subtle and masterful.

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