A dazzling, multilayered novel that not only encompasses a searing love story but-with its epic reach from quarks to mythology to geopolitics-also encapsulates the fate of the entire world. As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, Sarita, a thirty-three-year-old statistician, can only think of one thing: being reunited with Karun, her physicist husband. Why has he vanished? Who is he running from? How will they form the family of three he's always wanted? To find him, Sarita must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city, braving gangs of competing Hindu and Muslim hoodlums. Joining her is Jaz-nominally a Muslim but whose true religion has always been sex with other men. Danger lurks around every corner, but so does the incongruous and the absurd: the patron goddess Devi Ma has even materialized on a beach to save her city from harm. Sarita's search leads her to this beach, thrusting her into a trinity so mercurial, so consuming, that it will alter her life more fundamentally than any apocalypse to come. Fearlessly provocative, wickedly comedic, and propelled with rocket-fuel energy, The City of Devi exuberantly upends assumptions of politics, religion, sex, and India's global emergence.
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"A futuristic tale of woe, the latest release by Manil Suri, imagines a postapocalyptic Pakistan. The female narrator's voice is gentle, soft, and full of longing, both for her missing spouse and for better days. Her pace is steady, her tone is level, and her words are faintly tinged--without being distracting--with a South Asian accent. She infuses the dialogue with a variety of depth--deeper voices for males, heavy accents to distinguish between those who are traditional from those who are more modern. The use of two narrators, one male and one female, is an interesting and necessary choice when the point of view shifts to the male protagonist. The listener should be aware that there is mature sexual content throughout this volume. M.R. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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