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WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An affluent Indian family is forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

“[The God of Small Things] offers such magic, mystery, and sadness that, literally, this reader turned the last page and decided to reread it. Immediately. It’s that haunting.”—USA Today

Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest.
Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.

Fiction & Literature
April 22
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Semigloss6 ,


I started this book twice when I was 18 and it had first come out. I just couldn't get into it. A year later I gave it another shot and found I couldn't put it down. I like the unique writing style that some others have found frustrating. I liked the voice of the book. I found it interesting on so many levels. It's very haunting. I have read it now probably four times and I am about to read it again.

Dandy fiend ,


The goal of a writer is to make a familiar world unfamiliar and vice versa. Arundati Roy does just that in this novel.

kathryn godbey ,

My favorite book ever

I found this book when it was first published years ago. I picked it up, read the first two chapters and had to buy it. I have since read it at least once a year and always find some new detail I over looked due to reading too fast, or lack of life experience. It is a haunting and beautiful story and I strongly recommend it.

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