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Book review: “Leave the World Behind” is a cautionary assessment of the lives most of us aspire to

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“Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam, Ecco, 2020, 256 pages, $27.99

It’s going to take a long time to assimilate learning from “Leave the World Behind,” the new novel from Rumaan Alam, how horribly fast the world can go so dreadfully awry.

What’s so haunting long after the book’s final pages is just how unsettling that proposition is, not to mention just how prescient its author has been in a book completed before the current pandemic even took hold.