Somerville Reads

Exit West book cover

Somerville Reads is a citywide reading initiative that encourages all Somerville residents to read and discuss the same book to promote literacy and community engagement. The month-long initiative will kick off on November 3rd, and will continue with citywide programming through the end of the month. Our 2018 selection is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.  Exit West is the winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and was one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2017.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through...

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. – from Penguin Random House

More information on Somerville Reads 2018 events will be coming soon!