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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni



An award-winning author with her work published in over 50 magazines and her writing has been included in over 30 anthologies. Translated into 11 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese. Born in India and now living in the United States.


Sister of My Heart
How the lives of two women are changed by marriage, as one woman comes to California, and the other stays behind in India. Anju is the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family of distinction. Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of the same family. Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not. Despite these 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. Bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend, the two girls grow into womanhood as if their fates, as well as their hearts, are merged.



The Unknown Errors of Our Lives: Stories

A collection of moving stories about family, culture, and the seduction of memory. With the rich prose and keen insight that made Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart national bestsellers, these tales of journeys and returns, of error, of loss and recovery, all resound with her unique understanding of the human spirit.

 

 

The Mistress of Spices
A spice seller must choose which part of her heritage she will keep and which she will leave in the past. What does it mean to be an Indian woman in America today? Few writers speak to the hyphenated-American experience more accurately and gracefully than Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni, author of Arranged Marriage. This book of short stories, in which she gives voice to several Indian women married in an age-old tradition, struggling between ancient and modern cultures, won several literary prizes and established the author as one of today's most exciting new voices. In her new novel, The Mistress of Spices, just released to stunning reviews, she draws the reader into the delicious, mystical world of Tilo and her magical Indian spice shop, and, once there, gives us a very real, bitter slice of modern-day Oakland. Her lyrical, sensual prose manages both to delight and horrify, and as we explore the hidden corners of Tilo's shop our senses are overwhelmed by what we find there, desires and fears nestled within the packages of turmeric and ginger, and a culture as old as lotus root trying to find its way in a new world.
Ships in 2-3 days. By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni / Hardcover



We Too Sing America : A Reader for Developing Writers. By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Editor) / Hardcover /


Arranged Marriage : Stories
Indian women are torn between two cultures. Ships in 2-3 days Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni / Paperback



Black Candle: Poems about Women from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Hardcover, 95 Pages



Leaving Yuba City : Poems
Amazon readers say... "This is the kind of collection that will turn poetry haters into poetry lovers." Ships in 2-3 days Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni / Paperback.


Reason for Nasturiums
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni / Published 1990. (Hard to Find)


Resources, Reviews and Interviews


Official web site of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Informative and spiritual featuring interviews, commentary and awards.

Biography of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Compiled by the Emory University English Department.

HoustonChronicle.com review of The Vine of Desire by Chitra Banerjee

Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter - Original fiction in the Alantic Monthly online.

Profile of a SAJA Speaker: Chitra Banejee Divakaruni - By the South Asian Journalists Association

SAWNET biography and reviews of: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Profile, related articles, book reviews and upcoming readings produced by the South Asian Women's NETwork.

Unknown Objects of Desire - Chitra Divakaruni writes about the matrimonial columns of The Times of India.

Voices from the Gap - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - A short biography, web links and a short description of her books.



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