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Leave the World Behind, a 2020 apocalyptic novel by Rumaan Alam, was a finalist in the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. In Alam’s short novel, a family’s vacation in a remote Long Island rental home is disrupted when the owners of the house arrive seeking shelter from a blackout in New York City. With all electronic communication cut off and a disaster of a global scale threatening them, the two families are forced together, bringing issues of race and class into focus against a backdrop of fear and uncertainty.   

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