Books and Breakfast with Abraham Verghese
Books & Breakfast With Abraham Verghese
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Literary Affairs is excited to welcome back the New York Times Bestselling author of Cutting for Stone. We have been anticipating his next epic novel, The Covenant of Water, for ten years and are thrilled to be able to discuss his new novel with him as we return to in person events. Join us for an in-depth book club style conversation with Abraham Verghese and Julie Robinson.
The morning will include a continental breakfast and Q&A. We are sorry, but signing lines have been canceled at all Verghese events.
Wednesday, June 7
10:30am – 12pm
The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tickets are $125 and can be purchased via the button below. No refunds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Abraham Verghese is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of books including the NBCC Award finalist My Own Country and the New York Times Notable Book The Tennis Partner. His most recent book, Cutting for Stone, spent 107 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. It was translated into more than twenty languages and is being adapted for film by Anonymous Content. Verghese was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2016, has received five honorary degrees, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He lives and practices medicine in Stanford, California where he is the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. A decade in the making, The Covenant of Water is his first book since Cutting for Stone.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Covenant of Water is the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of Cutting for Stone. Published in 2009, Cutting for Stone became a literary phenomenon, selling over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone and remaining on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years.
Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on South India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning — and in Kerala, water is everywhere. The family is part of a Christian community that traces itself to the time of the apostles, but times are shifting, and the matriarch of this family, known as Big Ammachi — literally “Big Mother” — will witness unthinkable changes at home and at large over the span of her extraordinary life. All of Verghese’s great gifts are on display in this new work: there are astonishing scenes of medical ingenuity, fantastic moments of humor, a surprising and deeply moving story, and characters imbued with the essence of life.
A shimmering evocation of a lost India and of the passage of time itself, The Covenant of Water is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the hardships undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. It is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.