THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS
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.