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.
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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