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Saturday, June 24, 2023

Book: Covenant of Water

 Book: Covenant of Water

Author: Abraham Verghese

Pages: 736

This is my 55th read for the year

This is the story of a family in Kerala Indian that spans from 1900 to 1977.  A 12 year old  girl is married off to a man whose family has an affliction where at least one person every generation dies by drowning.  The little girl becomes a part of this family treated with kindness and respect and over time becomes the matriach known as Big Ammachi.  As her family grows, her life becomes extrodinary with ups and downs, love, joy, hardship, loss, and tragedy that comes for all families.  When finally Big Ammachi's granddaughter figures out how to fight the affliction, this family's future is changed forever.

This was a fantastic book.  There is no doubt that Verghese is a talented writer.  From beginning to end I was captivated in this huge novel.  I cried when Big Ammachi died - wishing that she had made it to the end of the book because her life was so full.  The tragedies are huge but intertwined with them is a loving family that expands over three generations held together by the land in Kerala.

Verghese's book - Cutting for Stone - is among my favorites, and when I saw he finally put another book out there, I couldn't wait to read it.  It was just wonderful.  Do not miss the writings of a truly magnificent story teller.

Stars: 5

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