Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Finds-Feb. 12


Should Be Reading asks you to share what books you discovered this week that interest you!


The book that caught my eye this week was One Amazing Thing that I spotted over at Linus's Blanket.

Here is a summary of One Amazing Thing from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's website:

Late afternoon in an Indian visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers 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 wildly individual characters together, their focus first jolts to a 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. 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. One Amazing Thing is a passionate creation about survival—and about the reasons to survive.

I think this sounds like a fabulous story and hopefully I can get my hands on one!
So did anything catch your eye this week?

8 comments:

Dar said...

This does sound really good Jo-Jo! Pretty cover too.

bermudaonion said...

I've read several good reviews of this one and can't wait to read it myself! Great find.

Alayne said...

This does sound great! Nice pick. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

Diane said...

I liked this book a lot; great pick.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

Glad I cold help you find a new book!

Esme said...

This book is amazing-I am currently reading it.

Stephanie said...

This sounds wonderful! I'm adding it to my TBR list as we speak. :-)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

One Amazing Thing does sound really good!