Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is my favorite story teller. And my belief in her just got stronger after reading this book. It is amazing how she tells story of different people, belonging to different cultures, age groups, and yet none of them feels out of place.
Trapped in a building wrecked by earthquake, waiting for death or freedom – whichever comes first, these people decide to tell each other story of their lives. Each story is as unique and surprising as the other. What touches you most is the simplicity of each character. Each trapped in their own lives, wishing to get away, start afresh. The earthquake crisis seems to be acting like a metaphor at times.
The book starts at a quite slow pace. And if you haven’t read Chitra’s works before, you might be even tempted to leave it after first few pages. But keep faith and soon you would be rushing through the pages, just to find out what happens next in the story that a particular character might be narrating. The end is surprisingly abrupt. But it is apt. Any other ending would have sounded cliched.
I would rate it at 3 of 5 stars.