The story “An Amazing Thing” is written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni who targeted a situation that occurred in a visa office. The story was based on a situation that nine people were stuck in a visa office of an Indian Consulate. The situation also includes the fact that it was the time when an earthquake occurred and hit one city of the United States of America. Among the nine people the two people were the visa officers, one person was a Chinese Indian woman Jiang, one person was the granddaughter of the Chinese lady Lily, one person was an ex-soldier named Cameron, one person was an American Indian girl named Uma, a white couple, and Tariq who was a Muslim man. They all stuck in the place and tried hard to find a way out but were unable to find a way and started to think that they have to wait for help. There was nothing they could do so started to share their life stories with each other based on the pattern of “one amazing thing” in their life. The author did not provide exact details that all the survivors were able to be back or not, and in the end, she stated that “THERE WERE SOUNDS AGAIN UPSTAIRS, A CLANKING, ADVANCING noise, as though a different giant—this one in iron shoes—had decided to take a walk. It could be rescuers; it could be parts of the building getting ready to collapse” (Divakaruni). It shows that author did not explain the details of the people who were rescuers or something else as she wanted to leave the audience in curiosity. The novel ended with this suspense factor, and the author did not reveal the actual situation in the end.
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. One Amazing Thing. Hyperion Books, 2010. Print.