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Writer Arundhati Roy in Boston on Tuesday, to Read From Her First Novel in 20 Years

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BOSTON– Writer Arundhati Roy, author of her most recent book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, will be in on Tuesday at a book signing event. The event is already sold out, according to the organizers  as posted on their website.

The book signing event will be held on June 20 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 pm) at Old South Church Located at 645 Boylston Street in Boston, MA.

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The event is organized by Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities. Roy is an internationally celebrated writer and  author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. During the program, she will read from her first novel in twenty years, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, according to organizers.

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About The Ministry of Utmost Happiness as posted on the website by the organizers:

“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope.

The tale begins with Anjum—who used to be Aftab—unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her—including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.

As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.”

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