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

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



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.

The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club) Book Details

Book Name The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)
Genre Literary
Author Abraham Verghese
Published 02 May 2023, Tuesday
Price $16.99
E-Book Size 8.46 MB

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The Covenant of Water. Way overhyped. Saw Oprah gush over this book so I had to read it. Way too long and at the end I was underwhelmed. The continued theme of the “condition” was odd. The ending was not satisfying. And it took so long to get there.


A book of life. Beautifully written, wonderfully wise, it will bless you.


Soo. Sooo boring and way too long.


This author is the best. 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.


What a beautiful history and Story Telling. Abraham takes us through generations of “conditions” of life and the heart in this novel. You can feel the emotions of all of the characters. Thank you 🙏🏽

Stupid always

I loved every sentence. Moves along at a tremendous pace, drawing us in to the vibrant and wild and extraordinary lives of each protagonist. Verghese is a brilliant and deeply compassionate write, and each of his uniquely marvelous characters will stay with me for a long time.


Don’t Fall For the Hype. 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.


Rich and fulfilling saga. I so loved this book and all its characters. It was engrossing and a beautiful tale of love loss and persistance. It was a true experience to read this lovely story. Thank you to the author.


Overrated. Jumps around randomly. Poor character development.


A fabulous family love story. Loved all the characters. Sad I’ve finished this book.


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The Covenant of Water. Excellent! More than just a novel- reading it was an experience! Have some Kleenex handy- you will need it!

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About Author "Abraham Verghese"

Abraham Verghese (born 1955) is an American physician, author, Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine and Vice Chair of Education at Stanford University Medical School. He is also the author of four best-selling books: two memoirs and two novels. In 2011, he was elected to be a member of the Institute of Medicine. He received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2015. He is the co-host with Eric Topol of the podcast Medscape Medicine and the Machine.He was born in Ethiopia to Christian parents from Kerala, India, who worked as teachers. In 2009, Knopf published his first novel, Cutting for Stone. In 2010, Random House published the paperback version of the book and it rose on the bestseller charts, achieving a rank of #2 on The New York Times trade paperback fiction list on March 13, 2011. It remained on The New York Times list for well over two years. Over a decade later, his new novel The Covenant of Water was published in May 2023 by Grove Atlantic....

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