It’s been 20 years since “The God of Small Things,” the debut novel from Indian author Roy, dazzled readers and picked up a Man Booker Prize. Roy has been busy writing nonfiction and working as a political activist, but she hasn’t written another novel — until now. Overflowing with characters, stories and Indian history, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” recalls Jeffrey Eugenides’ “Middlesex” by way of Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children.” (Alfred A. Knopf, June 6)
Sonali Deraniyagala was the lone survivor from her family in the wake of the 2004 tsunami that struck Sri Lanka. She lost everything and everyone, and her raw descriptions of her pain and perseverance will stay with you forever.