An epic novel of the opium trade by "A writer of supreme skill and intelligence (Atlantic Monthly)."
Remember stories? Those rich fictions that we devoured as children and that gave us a lifelong taste for generous, hearty books? Literary fashion may dictate that we avoid such indulgences and consume instead desiccated novels containing just one gristly ingredient: consciousness. But real readers, however sophisticated, crave real stories now and then. Thankfully, these are still being written, often by postcolonial novelists such as Amitav Ghosh, whose Sea of Poppies, is both a writer's triumph and a reader's delight. Better yet, it is the first volume of a proposed trilogy.