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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi and Japanese. Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults.Her novels One Amazing Thing, Oleander Girl, Sister of My Heart and Palace of Illusions are currently in the process of being made into movies. http://www.chitradivakaruni.com/books.... Her ne ...more

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Sister of My Heart (Anju an...

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The Mistress of Spices

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Arranged Marriage: Stories

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Oleander Girl

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Queen of Dreams

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A new book publication is always a hectic affair, and since the birth of Before We Visit the Goddess, things have been exciting but crazy. I’ve been rushing around on book tour, eating whatever I can grab on the run. So now that I am home for a few days, I thought I would make something healthy for myself and Murthy for our lunch.

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April 2009, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
"Impassioned and inventive, Nobel Prize winner Neruda is a poet who stays on your mind. His intense love poems created a bit of a scandal when Twenty Love Poems was published, but in this book he writes out of a different kind of love: love for the ordinary objects of this world, objects we so often take for granted: an artichoke, onions, soap, his own socks." ...More

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Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
"Before we Visit the Goddess follows the lives of three generations. The lives of immigrants, the emotions, the struggles, love and loss are all woven into a seamless narrative. "
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"Quite a spectacular display of storytelling. The book's imaginary claws grabs your brains and heads so that you can't put it down until you are done. One slightly loose end in the fag end is slightly bothering me- can't wait for the author to dm b..." Read more of this review »
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“My mother clutches at the collar of my shirt. I rub her back and feel her tears on my neck. It's been decades since our bodies have been this close. It's an odd sensation, like a torn ligament knitting itself back, lumpy and imperfect, usable as long as we know not to push it too hard.”
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“Love comes like lightning, and disappears the same way. If you are lucky, it strikes you right. If not, you'll spend your life yearning for a man you can't have.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

“Each day has a color, a smell.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices

“I am buoyant and expansive and uncontainable--but I always was so, only I never knew it!”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

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