Town Hall [UNDER RENOVATION] First Hill
Tue., June 27, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Recommended by Rich Smith
It's true that The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is the first novel Arundhati Roy has published since her 1997 Booker Prize–winning blockbuster The God of Small Things. But Joan Acocella's incredible New Yorker review of the new book reminds us that the author has written nearly 20 books of nonfiction about economic inequality in the "New India" and state violence against poor people. Those decades of study and reportage work their way into Roy's new novel, which begins with a lyrical story about hijras, "a long-recognized subculture" of Indian transgender people, before morphing into an epic about the Indian Army's atrocities. If you missed out on the reading Roy gave almost exactly 20 years ago, be sure to make this one.