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The Covenant of Water

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the New York Times-bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India, following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret.

Through this glorious story of land and family, spanning the years 1900 to 1977, you will witness unthinkable changes, joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, and the constant pull of faith and love. "This majestic, sweeping story of family secrets—their curse, their legacy, and their cure—is intimate and profound."—Dani Shapiro, author of SIGNAL FIRES

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724 pages

Average rating: 8.39




Community Reviews

May 06, 2024
9/10 stars
From the opening page to the final chapter, this book offers a captivating and intellectually stimulating exploration of history. Abraham Verghese's storytelling is truly mesmerizing. His compelling narrative had me fully immersed in the world of his characters, experiencing their journey as if I were right there beside them. The authenticity he brought to each character through his use of accents further heightened the sense of realism, more
Apr 24, 2024
10/10 stars
My favourite so far. Beautifully written story. A real page turner.
Mar 27, 2024
8/10 stars
Very long but good. Enjoyed the plot twists.
Mar 24, 2024
4/10 stars
I hesitated to start this because it was 724 pages. Then once I started it, I thought about setting it aside. I'm not a huge fan of such an intricately written and meandering story.

BUT!! The story and the characters did draw me in enough to stick with it "just a little bit more," and the next thing I knew, I was invested in the characters and what was happening.

I see on Goodreads this has a 4.5 star rating. For me, I give it 2.5 stars. It was a more
Feb 21, 2024
10/10 stars
Fabulous epic saga that transports reader to southern India from 1900-1977. Covers 3 generations of a family afflicted by drownings.

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