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Special Summer Book Discussion: The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Special Summer Book Discussion at the Gunn!

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
Saturday, July 20, 1:00pm

Indulge yourself in the immersive and captivating novel The Covenant of Water by Pulitzer Prize winner Abraham Verghese. Let your imagination journey across the globe and delve into the intricate layers of an ancient culture and the mesmerizing relationships between characters.

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. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala’s long-existing Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl—and future matriarch, known as Big Ammachi—will witness unthinkable changes throughout her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants.

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. It is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk


July 20
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT 06793
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Special Summer Book Discussion: The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

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