The Covenant of Water is Abraham Verghese’s sprawling new fable of family and medicine, an epic tale of people and place following three generations of a close-knit, and sometimes haunted family to whom many terrible things happen, in southwestern India from 1900 thru the 1970’s. The novel is “grand, spectacular, sweeping and utterly absorbing” (New York Times), and filled with a compassion, hope and wisdom that give the story its benevolent, humanist, and romantic tone. Verghese’s ability to draw the reader through the narrative so effortlessly (it doesn’t FEEL like a 700+ page book!) and transport us so thoroughly to a world so unlike our own speaks to the author’s skill at storytelling, his immense knowledge of medicine, and his adeptness at crafting such deeply felt characters. His descriptions of surgery are especially heartrending. Ed loved and highly recommends!— Ed
“Another masterpiece by the great Abraham Verghese. The Covenant of Water will beguile and charm readers who loved Cutting for Stone and will win many new readers.”
— Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books, Point Reyes Station, CA
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From the New York Times-bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India, following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret"One of the best books I've read in my entire life. It's epic. It's transportive . . . It was unputdownable "--Oprah Winfrey, OprahDaily.com
The Covenant of Water is the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of the major word-of-mouth bestseller Cutting for Stone, which has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years.
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. It is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.