When they are trapped together after an earthquake, nine disparate characters take turns telling "one amazing thing" about his or her life, in a novel by the American Book Award-winning author of
A late afternoon earthquake traps nine people inside a visa and passport office. The motley assortment of characters includes a young punk girl, a black war veteran, a Muslim-American angered by the post-9/11 world, an old Caucasian couple whose marriage is failing, an elderly Chinese woman with a secret, a graduate student, and two workers from the office who are on the verge of starting an affair. As they await rescue, the nine characters share stories of the most amazing event from each of their lives. Chitra Divakaruni's novel combines a wide range of issues--love, religion, politics, and redemption--into a fast-paced and enthralling tale of human individuality and communality.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Literary, Conflicts + Dualities, Travel + Voyages, Types of Characters, Disasters
- March 12, 2013
- December 21, 2010
- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni