It’s my turn to take a stab at encouraging you to read our winter book club selection, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam. I read this book back in November but I still remember it quite clearly, which, when you think about it, is a pretty glowing endorsement.
It’s the story of a white family from New York City who head to a remote part of Long Island for a vacation in a beautiful home. Think really upscale AirBnB, complete with lots of room, a gourmet kitchen, a swimming pool, and more. After they’ve been there only a day or so there is a late night knock on the door from the couple who own the house. They are Black and older and very upset because something (we don’t know what) is going wrong in the outside world. Their arrival sets up a novel full of anxiety and suspense and questions, plenty of which remain unanswered even after the last page.
Sounds great, right? Delicious even? And it is. There is so much to unpack. Questions of race and class. Questions about our dependence on technology and need for constant information. Questions about trust and safety and connection.
It will leave you unsettled. Perhaps even frightened. Definitely ready to discuss!