Exit West by Mohsin Hamid; 2017; $26.00; 231 pages; Riverhead Books, New York, NY; 978-0-7352-1217-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 9/7/17-9/10/17

Why did I read this?  It was recommended by someone and it turns out that it will be the Everybody Reads book for next year.

Two young people in an anonymous Middle Eastern country, which is going through a civil war, fall in love and have to deal with religious fundamentalist and family.  As they grow closer and the war draws closer to them they hear of doors that will take you places.  Doors that will take you through space to somewhere else.  Their relationship ebbs and flows as they past through multiple doors and have to deal with their own attitudes about some things and relationships with others as they pass through the doorways.

This looks at refugees and how they relate to those around them and how those who live in the lands they seek refuge in view them.

I have a problem with magical realism stories so it was not something that I really got into.

Grade-B