As Mother India approaches her centenary, nine people are going about their business a gangster, a cop, his wife, a politician, a stand-up comic, a set designer, a journalist, a scientist and a dropout. And so is Aj the waif, the mind-reader, the prophet when she one day finds a man who wants to stay hidden.
In the next few weeks, they will all be swept together to decide the fate of the nation.
River of Gods teems with the life of a country choked with peoples and cultures one and a half billion people, twelve semi-independent nations, nine million gods. Ian McDonald has written the great Indian novel of the new millennium, in which a war is fought, a love betrayed, a message from a different world decoded, as the great river Ganges flows on.
Praise for River of Gods:
"In terms of ideas, intellectual scope, detail, inventiveness, risk taking and sheer scale, McDonald's novel is one of the most ambitious I have read in recent years. It is also a staggering achievement River of Gods is a brave, brilliant and wonderful novel"
Christopher Priest, GUARDIAN
"A triumphant panorama of mid-21st century India. Hugely adventourous and entertaining, sumptuously inventive and full of heart."
"One hundred years after midnight's children and the nation were born McDonald does it in style. River of Gods gathers pace quite superbly" STARBURST
"One of the best SF books I've read this year"