Her cousin sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family. Bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend, the two girls grow into womanhood as if their fates as well as their hearts were merged. But, when sudha learns a dark family secret, that connection is shattered. Sister of my heart is a novel destined to become as widely beloved as it is acclaimed.
Anju goes to america with her new husband and learns to live her own life of secrets. Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not. Urged into arranged marriages, Sudha and Anju's lives take opposite turns. When tragedy strikes each of them, they discover that despite distance and marriage, however, they have only each other to turn to.
Sister of My Heart: A Novel #ad - Despite those differences, since the day on which the two girls were born, the same day their fathers died--mysteriously and violently--Sudha and Anju have been sisters of the heart. Set in the two worlds of san francisco and india, this exceptionally moving novel tells a story at once familiar and exotic, seducing readers from the first page with the lush prose we have come to expect from Divakaruni.
The Vine of Desire: A NovelAnchor #ad - The Vine of Desire: A Novel #ad - As sunil’s attraction rises to the surface, the trio must struggle to make sense of the freedoms of America–and of the ties that bind them to India and to one another. The beloved characters of chitra banerjee divakaruni’s bestselling novel Sister of My Heart are reunited in this powerful narrative that challenges the emotional bond between two lifelong friends, as the husband of one becomes dangerously attracted to the other.
Anju and sudha formed an astounding, almost psychic connection during their childhood in India. When anju invites sudha, sunil, in california, to come live with her and her husband, Sudha foolishly accepts, a single mother in Calcutta, knowing full well that Sunil has long desired her.
The Mistress of Spices: A NovelAnchor #ad - Now immortal, california, tilo has set up shop in Oakland, and living in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman, where she administers curatives to her customers. But when she's surprised by an unexpected romance with a handsome stranger, she must choose between everlasting life and the vicissitudes of modern society.
Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy, sorrow, and one special woman's magical powers. A classic work of magical realism, this bestselling novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni tells the story of Tilo, a young woman from another time who has a gift for the mystical art of spices.
Oleander Girl: A NovelSimon & Schuster #ad - Beloved bestselling author chitra banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Abraham Verghese as a “gifted storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart. Now, divakaruni returns with her most gripping novel yet, a sweeping, suspenseful coming-of-age tale about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life.
Shortly after their engagement, however, a sudden heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi’s past. But despite all that her grandparents have done for her, she is troubled by the silence that surrounds the circumstances of her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found, years ago, hidden in a book of poetry that had belonged to her mother.
Oleander Girl: A Novel #ad - . Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents’ betrayal, Korobi decides to undertake a courageous search across post-9/11 America to find her true identity. With flawless narrative instinct and a boundless sympathy for her irrepressible characters, in Oleander Girl Divakaruni brings us a perfect treat of a novel— moving, wise, and unforgettable.
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The Color of Our Sky: A NovelWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Moving from a traditional indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, betrayal, and, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, to Los Angeles and back again, ultimately, redemption. Tara introduces mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.
. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. In the spirit of khaled hosseini, nadia hashimi and shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice—a sweeping, India, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night.
India, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, 1986: Mukta, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai.
A new life in los angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction. Eleven years later, tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. But one night in 1993, mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s family home and disappears.
The Color of Our Sky: A Novel #ad - As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara’s family in the first place. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past.
Before We Visit the Goddess: A NovelSimon & Schuster #ad - This is a “gracefully insightful, as they seek both independence and connection” Booklist, and covertly stinging tale that illuminates the opposition women must confront, dazzlingly descriptive, generation by generation, starred review. Told through a sparkling symphony of voices—those of the women themselves and the men who loved them—Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental relationships, showing the deep threads of love and hope and bravery that define a family and a life.
As the marriage crumbles and bela decides to forge her own path, Tara, she unwittingly teaches her little girl, indelible lessons about freedom and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel. When a powerful local woman takes Sabitri under her wing, her generous offer soon proves dangerous after Sabitri makes a single, unforgiveable misstep.
Years later, sabitri’s own daughter, bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees to America with her political refugee lover—but the world she finds is vastly different from her dreams. As the young daughter of a poor rural baker, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but schooling is impossible on the meager profits from her mother’s sweetshop.
Before We Visit the Goddess: A Novel #ad - . A beautiful, “deeply affecting” kirkus reviews novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another. Sweeping across the twentieth century, to the streets of houston, Bela, Before We Visit the Goddess takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the lives of three unforgettable women: Sabitri, Texas, India, from the countryside of Bengal, and Tara.
The Palace of Illusions: A NovelAnchor #ad - The Palace of Illusions: A Novel #ad - Taking us back to a time that is half history, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharata, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives voice to Panchaali, half myth and wholly magical, as she weaves a vibrant retelling of an ancient epic saga. Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war.
. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna—or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy—as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate.
The Brothers KThe Dial Press #ad - . One always senses an enthusiastic and abundantly talented and versatile writer at work. The washington Post Book World “Duncan. This touching, uplifting novel spans decades of loyalty, regret, anger, and love in the lives of the Chance family. Four brothers who come of age during the seismic upheavals of the sixties and who each choose their own way to deal with what the world has become.
A new york times notable book once in a great while a writer comes along who can truly capture the drama and passion of the life of a family. David james duncan, author of the novel The River Why and the collection River Teeth, is just such a writer. A father whose dreams of glory on a baseball field are shattered by a mill accident.
The Brothers K #ad - By turns uproariously funny and deeply moving, and beautifully written throughout, The Brothers K is one of the finest chronicles of our lives in many years. Deep pleasures of novels that exhaustively create, and alter, complex worlds. Praise for the brothers K “The pages of The Brothers K sparkle. The new york times book Review “Duncan is a wonderfully engaging writer.
Los angeles times “This ambitious book succeeds on almost every level and every page.
East Wind: West Wind: The Saga of a Chinese Family Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck Book 8Open Road Media #ad - Kwei-lan is a traditional chinese girl—taught by her mother to submit in all things, “as a flower submits to sun and rain alike. Her marriage was arranged before she was born. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate. When circumstances push the couple out of the family home, Kwei-lan finds her assumptions about tradition and modernity tested even further.
East wind: west wind is a sensitive, early exploration of the cross-cultural themes that went on to become a hallmark of Buck’s acclaimed novels. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. As she approaches her wedding day, she’s surprised by one aspect of her anticipated life: Her husband-to-be has been educated abroad and follows many Western ideas that Kwei-lan was raised to reject.
East Wind: West Wind: The Saga of a Chinese Family Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck Book 8 #ad - The classic coming-of-age novel about a young Chinese woman torn between Eastern and Western cultures by the Nobel Prize–winning author of The Good Earth.
The Forest of EnchantmentsHarperCollins India #ad - A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, it is also about women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, infidelity and honour, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills. While the ramayana resonates even today, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, she makes it more relevant than ever, 'Enough!' .
In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita's version. The ramayana, one of the world's greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. The forest of enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari.
Queen of DreamsAnchor #ad - From the bestselling author of Sister of My Heart comes a spellbinding tale of mothers and daughters, love and cultural identity. When a national tragedy turns her world upside down and Rakhi needs her mother’s strength and wisdom more than ever, she loses her in a freak car accident. Rakhi has her hands full, raising her daughter, juggling a creative dry spell, and trying to save the Berkeley teahouse she and her best friend Belle own.
Queen of Dreams #ad - But uncovering her mother’s dream journals allows rakhi to discover her mother’s long-kept secrets and sacrifices–and ultimately to confront her fears, forge a new relationship with her father, and revisit Sonny’s place in her heart. But greater challenges are to come. Rakhi, is struggling to come to terms with her relationship with ex-husband Sonny, a hip Bay Area DJ, a young painter and single mother, and with her dream-teller mother, who has rarely spoken about her past or her native India.