Tuesday, February 23, 2010

One Amazing Thing

RATING: 5 out of 5

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s new book, One Amazing Thing is precisely that. One amazing collection of story tellers that all end up in the Indian Consulate in an unnamed (San Francisco) city in the U.S. They are able to tell their individual stories to each other because they are trapped in the basement of the building when an earthquake traps them.

A Black American man, ex military straight as an arrow kind of person, An elderly Chinese woman who appears to speak no English with her young, Americanized granddaughter, a young, Americanized Indian college woman, a young Indian Americanized man that appears to be Muslim, an aging American white couple, and of course, the Indian employees of the consulate.

What follows is nothing short of brilliant. This is not simply a collection of short stories strung together in one book, but intertwining stories that impact the other characters, and reflect the baggage that they each have been carrying through their lives.

Ms. Divakaruni has a unique talent for timing and relationships that holds you to page after page. You will not be disappointed in this amazing novel. If you have not read her other works, it will make you want to rush out and buy all of them.

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