It was raining when Rahel came back to Ayemenem. Slanting silver ropes slamming into loose earth, plowing it up like gunfire.
I loved this book when I first read it years ago and I loved it as I re-read it again just now. It is the story of Estha & Rahel, twins completely unified as children and psychologically un-twinned by a childhood trauma. The story was moving and I felt such compassion for the characters: the twins caught in family struggles, their mother caught in cultural struggles, the rest of their family caught in political struggles and their friend caught in class struggles. Nothing is safe and no one is happy in Kerala where the Kochamma family lives. And yet Roy writes with such beauty about these difficulties. Her words are part poetry and part prose and the result is a lovely book about un-lovely aspects of life.
Check the BPL Catalog for this title: God of Small Things