The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
by Arundhati Roy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“And yet , the burden of perpetual apprehension that she had carried around for years - of suddenly receiving news of death - had lightened somewhat. Not because she loved him any less, but because the battered angels in the graveyard that kept watch over their battered charges held open the doors between worlds (illegally, just a crack), so that the souls of the present and the departed could mingle, like guests at the same party. It made life less determinate and death less conclusive. Somehow everything became a little easier to bear.” ― Arundhati Roy,
Roy braids together the stories of many people (mostly in India and Kashmir) into a stunning novel filled with horror and love and the intimate struggles of facing each day as it comes.