Monday, January 11, 2010

ARC Preview: One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Voice (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401340997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401340995
  • Genre: General Fiction

    Amazon Book Blurb:

    Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain. A punky teenager with an unexpected gift. An upper-class Caucasian couple whose relationship is disintegrating. A young Muslim-American man struggling with the fallout of 9/11. A graduate student haunted by a question about love. An African-American ex-soldier searching for redemption. A Chinese grandmother with a secret past. And two visa office workers on the verge of an adulterous affair.

    When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping these nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There's little food. The office begins to flood. Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself. From Chitra Divakaruni, author of such finely wrought, bestselling novels as Sister of My Heart, The Palace of Illusions, and The Mistress of Spices, comes her most compelling and transporting story to date. One Amazing Thing is a passionate creation about survival--and about the reasons to survive.

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    Author Bio:

    Chitra Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling novelist and poet. She is the author of fourteen books in all, including the short story collection The Unknown Errors of Our Lives and the novels Sister of My Heart, The Mistress of Spices, Queen of Dreams, and The Palace of Illusions. Two of her novels have been made into movies. Her writings have appeared in more than fifty magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker.

    Connect with the author at her website, blog, facebook, and Goodreads.

    This book was sent to Layers of Thought for review from Shelf Awareness.

    Pre purchasing links from Amazon - US/UK/Canada; and The Book Depository - AUD and Euro.

    Review coming soon!

  • 5 comments:

    Alexia561 said...

    I received this book as well and it looks really interesting! I like your idea of having a preview post for your books. Nice idea!

    Happy reading!

    Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

    Alexia -
    I thought it has an interesting premise!
    Thanks.
    I'm not sure where I got the idea for the preview. I know some bloggers do what's in my mailbox...
    I was thinking that may be easier, but the authors and publicists seem to like this. I also don't feel as bad if I cannot get to their book right away.

    Diane said...

    I just read/reviewed this one. There was a lot to like about the book, I thought. Can't wait for your review.

    cherylbaryl said...

    That sounds like a very good book. Great review!

    Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

    Diane -
    I have been bad. I have not been by anyone's blogs for awhile. Its been nuts here. ;(

    I'm thinking I will have to link your review here when its reviewed it.

    Cheryl -
    Thanks.
    I did not write any of this post... just cut and paste.
    I do a preview with all the publisher's info and purchasing links. Then I or my hubby does a review with our thoughts and link them for reference.
    I hope that helps.
    I just signed up for your blog.

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