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Critical Praise

Chitra Divakaruni understands the power of stories to heal us, make us laugh, and comfort us in the most difficult of circumstances. ONE AMAZING THING is one powerful and beautifully written book. I loved it, and I'm sure that readers everywhere will embrace it too.

—Lisa See, author of SHANGHAI GIRLS

An incredible and highly original premise in the hands of a gifted storyteller has resulted in this jewel of a story. It is, to paraphrase the book's title, an amazing thing.

—Abraham Verghese, author of CUTTING FOR STONE

Divakaruni beautifully blends the chills of reality with the rich imaginings of fairy tale.

—The Wall Street Journal

Divakaruni's stories will touch everyone who reads them…It is her gift of language and her ability to cast sentences of exquisite beauty that make her such a high-performance writer.

—USA Today

ONE AMAZING THING collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures; what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room.


I was up very late. I read straight through because this is the sort of book that pulls you along. Divakaruni is so adept with her characterizations…I wanted to be in any of the beauty salons described so lovingly. I wanted to eat the bits of food described with such delicacy.

—Louise Erdrich, author of LOVE MEDICINE and A PLAGUE OF DOVES, from her blog at

Ingeniously conceived and intelligently written, this novel is a fable for our time. The characters, troubled or shattered by their past, vibrate with life whenever they begin to speak. The book is a fun read from the first page to the last.

—Ha Jin, author of A FREE LIFE and the National Book Award-winning WAITING