Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062667632
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

What appears on the surface
to be a simple story of a family
on vacation morphs into a
narrative about humanity,
shared fear, misconceptions of
people, and more. Amanda,
Clay, and their two children
rent an AirBnB. Then
homeowners Ruth and G.H.
appear on the doorstep in a
panic, and suddenly noth... Read More »

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Apr 16, 2021

I almost DNF'ed this little book because it was so weird. I couldn't tell if it was being ironic or ridiculous or if the odd narrative was a style choice or social commentary. I wasn't even sure what genre it was trying to be. I'm so glad I let go and allowed it to be what it was-- calculated and exceptional and unexpected and comedic and honest. And deeply unsettling and yes, weird. Outstanding.

Apr 11, 2021

I was very disappointed in this book. After reading all the hype about it and hearing an interview with the author, it disappointed me. I finished it because it was short and I hoped that something would happen that would make it meaningful. I found the writing cliched and flat and neither the characters nor the plot had any depth. It's also depressing so not recommended to read during a pandemic.

Apr 08, 2021

I would have liked this book more if not for the abrupt ending.

Apr 05, 2021

I was not a fan of this book, even after reading several reviews to get a better idea of why it was reviewed so well. I didn't feel any of the characters had any depth or even much compassion for each other.

Mar 18, 2021

I'm not sure how this book received such a high rating. You end the book the same as the way you start it. With no clue as to what is happening or who. So if you want to fill sometime with no real place to go then why not.

Mar 17, 2021

Not worth the hype. Disappointed.

Mar 17, 2021

About the strangest book I have ever read and I read a lot. Dont see how this ever became a best seller!

JCLJenV Mar 16, 2021

Very underwhelming, slightly interesting... but not enough for a full novel...

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 08, 2021

This haunting, character-driven look at the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic world event (the details of which are unknowable because communication channels break down) may be a bit too real during the current pandemic, but has really interesting commentary on race, class, and our expectations that even when things get bad, the world will just keep moving forward approximately the way it did before.

Feb 27, 2021

A suspenseful read with more questions that answers. Don't expect to like the adult characters but they are well thought out and have unique voices. I read it quickly and was often deeply unsettled by all the unknown aspects.

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Nov 26, 2020

We're all machines...You get to choose the nature of the machine you are. We're all machines, but some of us are smart enough that we get to determine our programming.

Nov 26, 2020

You never know when a time is the last time, because if you did you could never go on with life.


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