page 80 of 231 of Exit West

The homeless dead – there’s nowhere for anyone to go.

The ‘and’ used to describe how Saeed’s father thought of his wife as his best friend is perhaps the most beautiful and sad ‘and’ I’ve ever read. “and his wife had been his best friend” because it defines why he was devastated and what their relationship had been without having to add extra detail. This is profoundly beautifully written novel.