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The God of Small Things

by: Arundhati Roy

Publisher: Random House Books (1997)

$18.00

Staff Pick by comrade: Collin

Ammu's family is an odd one, caught between India's Hindu caste culture and the class system of property in a district where the Communist Party was once strong. Her kids are going to turn out okay, if she can manage to keep their curiosities--and their eccentric grandmother's--from ruining them. Telling their story backwards from a tragedy, Roy inspires laughter (she's wicked hilarious) and sorrow with the complexities of family in a world that changes so quickly, where power decides who will be made to change with the world while others watch the world move around them like a boulder in the current.