Arundhati Roy — India
“May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees. Red bananas ripen. Jackfruits burst. Dissolute bluebottles hum vacuously in the fruity air.” — The God of Small Things
There are many, many writers who evoke India beautifully, and we know that Roy has only written one novel, so you may question her representation of a country that spawns so much gorgeous literature written in English. However, that one novel, the Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things, is so tantalizingly rich and (we think) deliciously verbose in its descriptions of place and home in the 1960s that we couldn’t help but include her.