The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
FICTION / Literary
Jun 06, 2017
6.01 x 8.56 x 1.36 in
Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017, Long-listed
Women's Prize for Fiction 2018, Long-listed
- Author Bio
A richly moving new novel—the first since the author’s Booker Prize-winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things, went on to become a beloved best seller and enduring classic.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety—in search of meaning, and of love.
In a graveyard outside the walls of Old Delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears, just after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the people who came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. At the Jannat Guest House, two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around each other, as though they have just met.
A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation—a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in—and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender.
How to tell a shattered story?
By slowly becoming everybody.
By slowly becoming everything.
Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.
Story Locale: Mumbai, India
EAGERLY ANTICIPATED: This is Roy’s first novel since The God of Small Things in 1997 and readers are incredibly keen to get their hands on this new masterpiece
INCREDIBLY TOPICAL: Thanks to heightened public awareness of transgender issues, the book’s remarkable protagonist will receive lots of well-deserved attention and will stand alongside equally memorable transgendered characters
WORLDWIDE EXCITEMENT: The book has already sold in 23 territories worldwide, and we have strong partners in Hamish Hamilton UK and Knopf in the US
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Extensive Review Coverage
Praise for The God of Small Things:
“A work of highly conscious art—A Tiger Woodsian début—the author hits the long, socio-cosmic ball but is also exquisite in her short game. Like a devotionally built temple, The God of Small Things builds a massive interlocking structure of fine, intensely felt details.”—John Updike, The New Yorker
“A work that is complex in structure, sophisticated in its handling of time, and bold in its themes. But perhaps what is most remarkable is Roy’s deft use of language.”—Maclean’s
“A compelling tale of forbidden love and its catastrophic consequences, wonderfully vivid—Arundhati Roy’s novel has a magic and mystery all its own.”—Toronto Star
“Roy weaves her bold and startling narrative in sequences of luminously rendered scenes—remarkable.”—The Globe and Mail