Saturday, February 13, 2010
One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
One Amazing Thing, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's latest novel, is about nine people who become trapped in a visa office when an earthquake hits. Each person is either planning a trip to India for reasons that we don't know much about, or they are employed in the office and have secrets of their own. While they are trapped and waiting for signs of rescue, each is asked to tell a story of one amazing thing they have experienced in life. I wish that the book had been longer because several of the stories seemed too brief and didn't offer as much about the individual characters as I had hoped. I was also somewhat disappointed in the way that the author chose to end the book, and people who like tidy endings will probably be frustrated. However, I still think that this is a book worth reading. I am a huge fan of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, with Sister of My Heart being my favorite so far. I would rate this one a 4/5.