Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780670084524
A group of nine are trapped in the visa office at an Indian Consulate after a massive earthquake in an American city. Two visa officers on the verge of an adulterous affair; Jiang, a Chinese – Indian women in her last years; her gifted teenage granddaughter Lily; an ex-soldier haunted by guilt; Uma, an Indian-American girl bewildered by her perents’ decision to return to Kolkata after twenty years; Tariq, a young Muslim man angry with the new America; and an enraged and bitter elderly white couple.
As they wait to be rescued – or to die – they begin to tell each other stories, each recalling ‘one amazing thing’ in their life sharing things they have never spoken of before. Their tales are tragic and life-affirming, revealing what it means to be human and the incredible power of storytelling.
Inspiring and deeply moving, One Amazing Thing is riveting from start to finish.
A bvrilliant storyteller, she illuminates the world with her artistry.
-- Junnot Diaz
One Amazing Thing collapses with walls dividing the characters and cultures; what endures is a chorous of voices in one single room.
-- Jhumpa Lahiri
An incredible and highly original premise in the hands of a gifted storyteller has resulted in this jewel of story. It is to paraphrase the book’s title, an amazing thing.
-- Abraham Verghese
Ingeniously conceived and intelligently written, this novel is a fable for our time. The characters, troubled or shattered by their past, vibrate with life whenever they begin to speak. The book is a fun read from the first page to the last.
-- Ha Jin
Chitra Divakaruni understands the power of stories to heal us, make us laugh, and comfort us in the most difficult of circumstances. One Amazing Thing is one powerful and beautifully written book.
---- Lisa See