The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club) - Abraham Verghese

The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)

By Abraham Verghese

  • Release Date: 2023-05-02
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
From 338 Ratings



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
“One of the best books I’ve read in my entire life. It’s epic. It’s transportive . . . It was unputdownable!” — Oprah Winfrey,
The Covenant of Wateris the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of the major word-of-mouth bestseller Cutting for Stone, which has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years.

Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on South India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning—and in Kerala, water is everywhere. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala’s long-existing Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl—and future matriarch, known as Big Ammachi—will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants.

A shimmering evocation of a bygone India and of the passage of time itself, The Covenant of Water is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the difficulties undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. It is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.


  • Soo

    By purpletaurus79
    Sooo boring and way too long.
  • This author is the best

    By quittellmethenicknameistaken
    I have waited a long time for this author to write another book. This beautiful story is just as wonderful as his last. I really enjoy how he writes, his words are like a beautiful play. I think both of his books should be a movie.
  • Don’t Fall For the Hype

    By juliusa
    Cutting for Stone was a good book…. not great, but definitely good… This not so much. It’s still overall just another “family epic” that follows the same pattern of all such books. Certainly the place and it’s culture are different, but in the end it’s a typical book that you’ve read before. Redundant descriptions, overly descriptive on food and smells and land, uninteresting characters glossed over, and of course the matriarch who saw it all. Meh. We need to stop trying on these celebrity book clubs because at this point they are starting to appear as just industry vehicles designed to sell books. This is another example of just such a book… And it’s easily passed over. Disappointing.