Wednesday, February 10, 2010

One Amazing Thing

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

One Amazing Thing is about a group of 9 people who are trapped in an Indian passport and visa office somewhere in the U.S. To pass the time and comfort themselves they take turn telling one amazing thing that happened in their lives. Some are good things and some not so good. We also learn a bit about each character and why they were in the office seeking a passport/visa to India. Some characters were more likable than others. I like the author's writing style. It almost felt like a book of short stories intertwined with the main story which was being trapped in the earthquake. After reading their amazing stories, I concluded that each character was trapped in other ways in their lives not just trapped in a building after an earthquake. It was very different from the books I have read lately. I have read the last page and a half over several times and I'm not sure how I felt about the ending. I felt left hanging. I guess I like my endings cut and dry. Other than the ending I enjoyed the book. Reading this book right after the earthquake in Haiti felt very surreal to me.

(I received this book from Voice through Shelf Awareness for review. Thank you to Voice!)


  1. I liked this book a lot. It wasn't perfect, buy very good IMO.

  2. I think sometimes reading a book in a particular situation has more of an impact than it would normally.. On another note, I have read "Arranged Marriage" by this author - it is fantastic! Very emotional and appropriately portrayed.. I have yet to read this one, but look forward to it!

  3. I really want to read this one. It sounds like a great read!

    Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict


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