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Abraham Verghese On ‘The Covenant of Water’

Abraham Verghese’s new novel “The Covenant of Water” is already a critical sensation. We’re talking with him about writing it, as well as the intersection between art and medicine.

Set in India between the years 1900 and 1977, “The Covenant of Water” traces a family down the generations, whose lives and history are characterized by death by drowning. Throughout, we follow the life of a woman — first as a child when she meets her adult husband and later as a matriarch — who will come to be known as Big Ammachi. But the book is about more than her story; it’s also about the passing of time, medicine and humanity itself.


Abraham Verghese | Physician, author and professor of the theory and practice of medicine and vice chair of education at Stanford University Medical School. His latest book is “The Covenant of Water” [Amazon BookShop].

Airdate: Friday, June 16, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11 a.m.