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One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Jan 22, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: abandoned, adult-fiction

I remember when I read The Mistress of Spices by Divakaruni a few years ago. I had that joy that you get from reading a new voice, or at least a voice new to you.

There are sparks of that voice in Divakaruni's One Amazing Thing, but it doesn't hold together as well as Spices. OAT tells the story of 9 people who are trapped in a building after an earthquake in what seems to be San Francisco but is not specifically named.

Each segment of the book is told from the perspective of one individual. However, the reader can almost taste Divakaruni's desire to tell more of each story than the structure allows. I continually felt like the breaks in narrative were detrimental to the storytelling.

If the voice had been more like Spices I would have enjoyed it more. I am moving on after 65 pages.

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02/21/2010 page 44
20.0% "9 people trapped in consulate after quake. Bel Canto meets Mistress of Spices. Great voice so far."

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