A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction) A Best Book of the Year from: The Washington Post Time NPR Elle Esquire Kirkus Library Journal The Chicago Public Library The New York Public Library BookPage The Globe and Mail EW.com The LA Times USA Today InStyleÂ The New Yorker AARPÂ Publisher's LunchÂ LitHubÂ Book MarksÂ Electric LiteratureÂ Brooklyn BasedÂ A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong. From the best-selling 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 theyâve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell.Â Ruth and G. H. are an older couple - itâs their house, and theyâve 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 - itâs hard to know what to believe.Â 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?
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