The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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By Arundhati Roy

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.

Esmé, Firestorm Collective member

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464 pages
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (5/10/18)
5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches

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