Uma was stopping by the Indian visa and passport office to get her visa updated so she could visit her parents. When an earthquake hits, Uma and eight other people are trapped in the basement office.
The nine people have nothing in common, yet they find themselves in a situations with little choices. After hours goes by with no rescue in sight everyone agrees to pass the time by sharing one amazing story from their life.
I didn't put this book down until I finished it. A little over 200 pages, Divakaruni created three dimensional characters, each with their own regrets, secrets and hopes. Everyone story is what it was instructed to be. One Amazing Thing is deceptively complex. There's a smoothness to Divakaruni writing that should not be taken for granted. This would make a great book club selection.