by Arundhati Roy
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post * The Boston Globe * Minneapolis Star Tribune * NPR * Newsday * The Guardian * Financial Times * The Christian Science Monitor
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent--from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war. Braiding together the lives of a diverse cast of characters who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love--and by hope, here Arundhati Roy reinvents what a novel can do and can be.
"The novel weaves the personal and the political with powerful results. . . . Roy turns her lens outward to examine India's rich but violent history and the catastrophic lingering effects of Partition." -- Esquire
"Staggeringly beautiful. . . . Once a decade, if we are lucky, a novel emerges from the cinder pit of living that asks the urgent question of our global era. . . . Roy's novel is this decade's ecstatic and necessary answer." -- The Boston Globe
"Powerful and moving. . . . Infused with so much passion--political, social, emotional--that it vibrates. It may leave you shaking, too." -- San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author:
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize and has been translated into more than forty languages. She also has published several books of nonfiction including Azadi, The End of Imagination, Capitalism: A Ghost Story and The Doctor and the Saint. She lives in New Delhi.