On June 23 at 2:30 p.m. we will discuss The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese at St. Matthew’s. 

Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, this magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine is set in Kerala, South India, 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 long-existing Christian community, but times are shifting, and the family’s matriarch will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life. This shimmering evocation of a bygone India 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. 

Save the date: On July 21 we will discuss Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.