A strangely hopeful immigration story, told from the perspective of two young people. In an unnamed country teetering on the brink of civil war, they embark on a furtive love affair. When the city explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, they decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. An epic compressed into a slender page-turner, Exit West is both completely of our time and for all time.