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The Covenant of Water

Abraham Verghese

Warwick’s, in partnership with University of San Diego's College of Arts & Sciences, presents
Abraham Verghese

The Covenant of Water

Monday, June 5, 2023 - 7:00pm PDT

Shiley Theatre
5998 Alcala Park Way
San Diego, CA 92110
The Covenant of Water
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$32+tax and fee: One General Admission and one copy of The Covenant of Water, to be picked up the evening of the event at check-in
$42+tax and fee: Two General Admissions and one copy of The Covenant of Water, to be picked up the evening of the event at check-in

On Monday, June 5th at 7:00pm, Warwick's and the University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences will host Abraham Verghese as he discusses his new book, The Covenant of Water. Abraham Verghese is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author 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.

  • Check-In at 6:15PM. Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • Ticketholders will receive a copy of Abraham Verghese's book at check-in the evening of the event.
  • Please enter campus from the west entrance and park in the west lot. The event will begin on time, so please allow plenty of time to get from the parking structure to the theater.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

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. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala's long-existing Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl - and future matriarch, known as Big Ammachi - will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants.

A shimmering evocation of a bygone 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 difficulties undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. It is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.

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ISBN: 9780802162175
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2023