Mohsin Hamid & Shanthi Sekaran

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Promotional Partner: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Having lived in New York, London, and Pakistan, award-winning author Mohsin Hamid is no stranger to leaving his home to create a new life in a new city. In his fifth and most exhilarating book yet, Exit West, Hamid follows a passionate love affair between an unlikely duo, Nadia, a fiercely independent woman, and Saeed, a reserved and loyal son. In the midst of civil unrest, they are thrust into an interdependent relationship, and in order to escape the escalating violence leave behind their homeland to seek a better life together. A timeless tale about migration, Exit West was praised by the Library Journal as “heartbreakingly relevant.”

Shanthi Sekaran’s Lucky Boy gives a voice to two young women whose fates are bound together through their love of one fortunate child. Solimar Castro Valdez, a woman who bravely crossed the US-Mexican border, finds her purpose in motherhood when she unexpectedly becomes pregnant during a whirlwind romance. When she is detained, her son is cared for by Kavya Reddy, a woman who is unable to conceive but desperately longs to nurture a child with her husband, Rishi. As Kavya settles into motherhood, her love grows perilously, for her hopes and dreams are wrapped around a child that is not her own. Award-winning author Molly Antopol calls Lucky Boy “a heartfelt and moving novel that challenges our notions of motherhood and the true meaning of home. A deeply beautiful book.”

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