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.
Loved by our collective!
This unhurried, character-driven read is from 2016 but feels incredibly topical given the recent attention on India's military occupation of Kashmir and rising Hindu nationalism. Roy resists the trap of "a single story" by interweaving opposing perspectives and contradictory truths as her characters take different approaches to navigating the violence of the state. Roy's poetic prose and blistering observations of injustice make this book my all-time fave!
Read for: A book that will stay with you for a life-time
CW: There are some disturbing depictions of gun violence, mob violence, torture, and sexual violence. I have a pretty low tolerance for these things and I got through them, but this definitely is not a lighthearted read. Also content warnings for death, alcoholism, mention of the deaths of animals.
- 464 pages
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (5/10/18)
- 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches