THE MIN­ISTRY OF UT­MOST HAP­PI­NESS

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Arund­hatiHamish Hamil­ton,Roy $33 An­jum is a hi­jra (trans­gen­der in­di­vid­ual) raised as male de­spite iden­ti­fy­ing as a woman. Taunted and un­able to find peace, she builds a shack on her fam­ily grave in a Delhi ceme­tery, which be­comes a magnet for other out­casts. Am­bi­tious in scope, the sec­ond novel from Arund­hati Roy – Booker Prizewin­ning au­thor of The God of Small Things – flicks from ten­der to bru­tal, light to dark, joy to suf­fer­ing at the turn of a page. Roy switches whim­si­cally from first-per­son nar­ra­tion to “found” doc­u­ments, shift­ing be­tween time frames to il­lus­trate this in­tri­cate, con­tra­dic­tory, bro­ken world where the lines be­tween gen­der, re­li­gion and race are fluid at best.

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