One Amazing Thing
ISBN: 1401341586
EAN13: 9781401341589
Language: English
Publication Date: Dec 21, 2010
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 7.8" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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An acclaimed novel by the author of The Mistress of Spices, and Before We Visit the Goddess. Jhumpa Lahiri praises: One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures; what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room.

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 Read More chevron_right

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