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Oprah's 101st Book Club Pick: The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Attention, readers: Oprah has a special announcement! The 101st Oprah's Book Club selection is The Covenant of Water by best-selling author Dr. Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone, 2008).

Inspired by his great-grandmother, who, as a child, married a widower, Verghese introduces the fictional Big Ammachi, matriarch of a Christian community in Kerala, India. We follow three generations from 1900 to 1977 through mysterious drownings, afflictions, colonialism and independence. This epic tale soars with lyricism and tension, transporting you across time and continents.

"It's one of the best books I've read in my entire life," Oprah said of her latest pick. "It's epic. It's transportive. Many moments during the read I had to stop and remember to breathe. I couldn't put the book down until the very last page. It was unputdownable!"

So, clear your schedule and immerse yourself in this instant classic, which Verghese, a physician, wrote while simultaneously working as a professor of medicine at Stanford University.

And don't forget to tune in to the The Covenant of Water Companion Podcast, a six-part limited series featuring eye-opening conversations between Oprah and Dr. Verghese himself.
Published 05/03/2023
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