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The covenant of water : a novel / Abraham Verghese.


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 over the span of 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. -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780802162175
  • ISBN: 0802162177
  • Physical Description: 724 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date, and paging may vary.
"Oprah's book club 2023"--Jacket.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Families > Fiction.
Drowning > Fiction.
Arranged marriage > Fiction.
Husband and wife > Fiction.
Physicians > Fiction.
Water > Fiction.
Elephants > Fiction.
Identity (Psychology) > Fiction.
Duty > Fiction.
Generations > Fiction.
Kerala (India) > Fiction.
Glasgow (Scotland) > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 47 of 78 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 8 current holds with 78 total copies.
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North Kansas City Public Library FICTION VERGHESE 2023 (Text) 0001012513442 Fiction Available -

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