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Abraham Verghese: The Covenant of Water
SOLD OUT | 6:30PM THURSDAY, JUNE 8
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Abraham Vergese, author of the major word-of-mouth bestseller Cutting for Stone, presents his new novel, The Covenant of Water.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
The Covenant of Water is the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of the major word-of-mouth bestseller Cutting for Stone, which has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years. Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on South India's Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning—and in Kerala, water is everywhere
Changing Hands co-founder Gayle Shanks says: "The reading world has long wished that Abraham Verghese would write another novel after reading his brilliant Cutting for Stone. And after ten years it's here, and it was worth the wait. An epic story covering nearly a century of Indian history and filled with flawed but engaging characters, descriptions of foods and the plants that produce them, Verghese's love for medicine and doctors, and a mysterious ailment he calls The Condition, all combine to suck you in and not let you go until the last of the 724 pages ends. There's love and intrigue and trains and floods and lepers, and artists: the weaving of multiple lives that will remind you that great writing informs and broadens our own lives. This novel is a perfect example of great storytelling."
A shimmering evocation of a bygone India and of the passage of time itself, The Covenant of Water is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the difficulties undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ABRAHAM VERGHESE is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author the NBCC Award finalist My Own Country and the New York Times Notable Book The Tennis Partner. His most recent book, Cutting for Stone, spent 107 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. It was translated into more than twenty languages and is being adapted for film by Anonymous Content. Verghese was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2016, has received five honorary degrees, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He lives and practices medicine in Stanford, California where he is the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. A decade in the making, The Covenant of Water is his first book since Cutting for Stone.