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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. 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 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese.Her newest novel is Oleander Girl (Simon and Schuster, 2013)

She was born in India and lived there until 1976, at which point she left Calcutta and came to the United States. She continued her education in the field of English by receiving a Master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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I just got back from the 14th San Francisco Writers Conference, where I was invited as a keynote speaker by the wonderful organizers, Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen. It was such a great experience that I wanted to share some thoughts about it.

I hadn’t been to a writer’s conference in a while. Partly because I was busy. Partly because I felt that now that I had published over a dozen books,...

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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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Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Seventeen-year old Korobi Roy (named after a variety of Oleander), though orphaned at birth, has always known the love of her grandparents. Her life is filled with tradition and the stability of India and time. Yet Korobi f... " Read more of this review »
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" I was completely entranced by this book- the details, the story, the situations- it takes you into a different world, a world of customs, traditions and the good old indian way of life. Being an indian born and brought up in the U.S., I related to... " Read more of this review »
Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
" I don't give a 5 star rating lightly; the book has to really touch me in a way that is difficult for me to describe. I enjoyed this book all the way through but it was more than just that. This is a quality read. Oleander Girl is a story of a youn... " Read more of this review »
"Thanks Mal and other friends for participating--and for reading my books. I'm going to say goodbye for now. Please remember, you can always continue t...more "
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"Great thoughts, Aniket! Thanks for sharing. "
"Thanks, Helen. "
Chitra Divakaruni said "yes" to attending Goodreads Chat
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More of Chitra's books…
“I am buoyant and expansive and uncontainable--but I always was so, only I never knew it!”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

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

“That's how it is sometimes when we plunge into the depths of our lives. No one can accompany us, not even those who would give up their hearts for our happiness.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Sister of My Heart


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