A Night In with Rumaan Alam

A Night In with Rumaan Alam

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A Night In with Rumaan Alam

12 June 2021

In partnership with Waterstones, to mark the paperback publication of Leave the World Behind

Join Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother, to celebrate his new book. An electrifying and unnerving novel for our times, Leave the World Behind elegantly captures our age of anxiety and shows how the most terrifying situations are never far from reality.

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 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 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 holiday home, isolated from civilisation, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another?

In conversation for this event, Rumaan will explore the inspiration behind his eerily timeless and sharply prescient new book and touch on the authors that influence his writing. He’ll talk about the themes of the novel: modernity, race, class, parenthood and home, and offer a dissection of modern liberal America.

‘Easily the best thing I’ve read all year’ KILEY REID

‘Intense, incisive, I loved this and have still not quite shaken off the unease' DAVID NICHOLLS

Dates, Venues & Times
  • 12 June 2021
  • 18:30
  • Online Stream

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