Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind

A Novel

Large Print - 2020
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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 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?
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2020]
Edition: Large print edition, First Harper Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780063029224
0063029227
Characteristics: 325 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Casiepaws
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.

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unicorn1
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.

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C_reads
Apr 08, 2021

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

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EBirdy
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.

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wickerblackwell
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.

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happygirl16
Mar 17, 2021

Not worth the hype. Disappointed.

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mullenh
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.

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ReadItOutLoud
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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IrisLover77inGA
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.

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IrisLover77inGA
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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