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The God of Small things by Arundhati Roy

Plot Summary
The God of Small Things (1997) is the debut novel[->0] of Indian author Arundhati Roy[->1]. It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins[->2] whose lives are destroyed by the "Love Laws" that lay down "who must be loved, and how, and how much". The book is a description of how the small things in life affect people's behaviour and their lives. The book won the Booker Prize[->3] in 1997. The God of Small Things is Roy's first book, and as of 2010, is her only novel. Completed in 1996, the book took four years to write. The potential of the story was first recognized by Pankaj Mishra[->4], an editor with HarperCollins[->5], who sent it to three British publishers. Roy received half-a-million pounds[->6] in advances[->7], and rights to the book were sold in 21 countries.

Context
Arundhati Roy is an Indian[->8] novelist. She won the Booker Prize[->9] in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things[->10], and has also written two screenplays[->11] and several collections of essays. Her writings on various social, environmental and political issues have been a subject of major controversy in India. The main themes in the book are Love, class relations, history and politics, cultural tension and social discrimination.

Extract Context
Chapter 21 - The Cost of Living
After everyone is asleep, Ammu listens to her radio on the veranda. She runs to the riverbank sobbing, hoping that Velutha will meet her there. He does not come; he is floating in the river, stargazing. He too is disappointed, having been so sure that Ammu would meet him on this night. Suddenly he sees her and swims over to where she sits. They embrace, and Ammu kisses him. They make love there on the riverbank. The experience is profound and somehow removed from time, even though it is the catalyst for the events leading up to Velutha's own violent death. During all of their clandestine meetings after that, Ammu and...