Amanda et Clay, des Blancs newyorkais, partent en vacances avec leurs deux enfants à Long Island. Amanda a loué une jolie villa récemment rénovée. Le temps est superbe, la piscine immense, la nature accueillante. Mais lors de la deuxième nuit, un bruit sourd résonne dans le lointain et peu de temps après, on frappe à la porte. Les propriétaires, un couple d'Afro-Américains plus âgés, surpris sur la route par une soudaine panne d'électricité et de réseau demandent l'hospitalité. Inquiets et agacés par cette intrusion, Amanda et Clay n'ont d'autre choix que d'accepter. Leur séjour de rêve prend fin brutalement.
Désormais sans lien avec le monde extérieur, loin de la ville, sont-ils en sécurité ? Peuvent-ils se fier les uns aux autres ? Hypocrisie, peur de l'autre, panique, chacun affronte l'inconcevable à sa façon dans ce huis clos oppressant et sans concession.
''Easily the best thing I have read all year'' KILEY REID, AUTHOR OF SUCH A FUN AGE ''You will probably need to read it in as close to one sitting as possible '' SUNDAY TIMES ''Simply breathtaking . . . An extraordinary book, at once smart, gripping and hallucinatory'' OBSERVER ''A page-turner taking in themes of isolation, race and class'' GUARDIAN ***THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*** A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a holiday: 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 they''ve rented for the week. But with a late-night knock on the door, the spell is broken. Ruth and G. H., an older couple who claim to own the home, have arrived there in a panic. These strangers say that a sudden power outage has swept the city, and - with nowhere else to turn - they have come to the country in search of shelter.
But with the TV and internet down, and no phone service, the facts are unknowable. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple - and vice versa? What has happened back in New York? Is the holiday home, isolated from civilisation, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another?
_______ SOON TO BE A MAJOR GLOBAL NETFLIX ADAPTATION STARRING DENZEL WASHINGTON AND JULIA ROBERTS SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2020 Everyone is talking about LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND ''A book that could have been tailor-made for our times'' The Times ''An exceptional examination of race and class and what the world looks like when it''s ending'' Roxane Gay ''A thrilling book - one that will speak to readers who have felt the terror of isolation in these recent months and one that will simultaneously, as great books do, lift them out of it'' Vogue ''Explores complex ideas about privilege and fate with miraculous wit and grace'' Jenny Offill ''For the reader, the invisible terror outside in Leave the World Behind echoes the sense of disquiet today in a world convulsed by the pandemic'' Financial Times ''Alam''s achievement is to see that his genre''s traditional arc, which relies on the idea of aftermath, no longer makes sense. Today, disaster novels call for something different'' New Yorker ''Read it with the lights on'' Jenna Bush Hager, October Book Club pick
A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong 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 they've rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older black couple--it's their house, and they've 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--it's hard to know what to believe. 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? Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam's third novel is 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.
This irresistible debut, set against a backdrop of privileged New York City, provides a sharp, insightful look into how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives.