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The One Book:
One Amazing Thing


The Sacramento State One Book Program's selection for 2012-2013 is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni. 

One Amazing Thing highlights the struggles of nine individuals who survive an earthquake. Trapped in the basement of an Indian visa office located somewhere in the U.S., the characters turn to each other for survival through the art of storytelling. Stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold from the wide range of characters: a teenager, an upper-class white couple, a young Muslim-American man, a graduate student, an African-American ex-soldier, a Chinese immigrant grandmother, and two visa office workers.  

Reviews of the novel have prasied Divakaruni’s imagination and the hope the novel depicts. Ha Jin, author of Waiting, winner of the National Book Award has described it as “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.” Pulitzer-Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies has stated that “One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures; what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room.”


We are pleased to announce that Chitra Divakaruni's One Amazing Thing is available for purchase at the Hornet Bookstore at a 20% discount.

The book is also available through Learning Ally in audiobook format for students with disabilities who cannot read standard print. Students with disabilities can also contact Services to Students with Disabilities at or (916) 278-6955 or (916) 278-7239 (TTY) for assistance with alternate formats.



If you like to support the One Book Program, become a sponsor or partner!

Sacramento State University's One Book Program relies upon the generosity of our sponsors and partners. We are continuing to forge new sponsorships and partnerships. For more information about individual or corporate giving, please contact Dr. Hellen Lee, Faculty Coordinator, at You may also make a gift here; be sure to select One Book Program on the drop-down menu.


last updated: October 3, 2012