One Amazing Thing Author:Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 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 wit... more »h 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.« less
This book turned out to be quite good. In the beginning I was not sure where this was going to go, but after the first intro chapters it got better and better and better. I felt as if I was there. The book takes place in San Francisco very close to where I work. Some of the characters lived in areas I could locate for example somewhere near 3rd Street and also the avenues. I read it in a day and I felt happy that I could recommend this book to my friends. This is the third Chitra book that I have read. Sister of my Heart was my first and so far my favorite and then I dove into Mistress of Spices which again is located in a place about three miles from where I live. I will continue on my Chitra reading journey with Queen of Dreams and Arranged Marriages.
In the midst of reading a couple of negative books that were depressing me a goodreads friend suggested something lighter so I picked up this book. It's quite good - the story of nine people who are so centered on their own problems they fail to realize that others have problems too. The nine are trapped together following and earthquake. What they learn about one another and themselves makes for a most interesting story. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an excellent story teller. I shall have to read more of her books.