Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize. The richly exotic story of the
childhood the twins Esthappen and Rahel craft for themselves
amongst India's vats of banana jam and mountains of peppercorns.
More magical than Mistry, more of a rollicking good read than
Rushdie, more nerve-tinglingly imagined than Naipaul, here,
perhaps, is the greatest Indian novel by a woman. Arundhati Roy has
written an astonishingly rich, fertile novel, teeming with life,
colour, heart-stopping language, wry comedy and a hint of magical
realism. Set against a background of political turbulence in
Kerala, Southern India, 'The God of Small Things' tells the story
of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and
heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to
craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their
family -- their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko
(pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom-pincher) and their avowed
enemy Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).