Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, the book is set in Kerala, on India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family, that suffers from 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—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 constraints.

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. (An Oprah’s Book Club Pick, Instant New York Times bestseller.)


MONDAY, November 6th, at 7 PM, in the Grace Street Lobby. Please RSVP to Todd Cannon at toddcannon@comcast.net or 312 841-9795.