Discover the epic and transportive story of ‘The Covenant of Water’ by Abraham Verghese. This Oprah’s Book Club selection is one of the top five books recommended by Oprah Winfrey herself. Available in PDF, Kindle version, paperback, and more, this novel follows a family in southern India with a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning – and in Kerala, water is everywhere.
Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, the novel follows the life of a young girl and future matriarch, known as Big Ammachi. From a poignant beginning of being sent by boat to her wedding at the age of twelve and meeting her forty-year-old husband for the first time, Big Ammachi witnesses unthinkable changes at home and at large over the span of her extraordinary life. Her story is full of the joys and trials of love and the struggles of hardship.
Through this shimmering evocation of a lost India and 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 hardships undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. Imbued with humor, deep emotion, and the essence of life, it is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.
By reading ‘The Covenant of Water’, you’ll:
- Explore a unique and captivating story set in India spanning over seven decades
- Experience the joys and challenges of love, family, and the struggles of hardship
- Learn about progress in medicine and human understanding throughout the years
- Be transported to a lost India and gain a deeper appreciation of its history and culture