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The covenant of water : a novel / Abraham Verghese.


From the New York Times-bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine. Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on South India's Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning--and in Kerala, water is everywhere. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala's long-existing Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl--and future matriarch, known as Big Ammachi--will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants. A shimmering evocation of a bygone India and of the passage of time itself, The Covenant of Water is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the difficulties undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. Imbued with humor, deep emotion, and the essence of life, it is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780802162175
  • ISBN: 0802162177
  • Physical Description: 724 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2023.

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Publisher, publishing date and paging may vary
"Oprah's book club 2023"--Jacket.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Families > Fiction.
Drowning > Fiction.
Arranged marriage > Fiction.
Husband and wife > Fiction.
Physicians > Fiction.
Water > Fiction.
Elephants > Fiction.
Identity (Psychology) > Fiction.
Duty > Fiction.
Generations > Fiction.
Kerala (India) > Fiction.
Glasgow (Scotland) > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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  • 61 current holds with 69 total copies.
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