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A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrongAmanda 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? Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam's third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class.



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Rumaan Alam

I'm the author of the novels Rich and Pretty, That Kind of Mother, and Leave the World Behind. I'm a contributing editor at The New Republic, and a frequent contributor to Slate, where I am one of the parenting advice columnists and co-host two podcasts, Outward and Working. My writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. I live in New York with my husband and our two kids.



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