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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni was born in India and later moved to the United States to attend college. She earned a M. A. at Wright State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Divakaruni held many odd jobs until she was able to become an accomplished writer. She was visa mer the president of MAITRI, a crisis hotline for female South Asian victims of domestic abuse, and is currently a professor at Foothill College in California. Her works have been recognized in more than 50 magazines and 30 anthologies. She also has been awarded two PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and the Allen Ginsberg Poerty Prize. Divakaruni's books include Arranged Marriage and The Mistress of Spices. Her Title One Amazing Thing made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) Chitra Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels "The Mistress of Spices" & "Sister of My Heart", the story collection "Arranged Marriage", which won several awards, including the American Book Award, & four collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker", "The Atlantic Monthly", "Ms.", & other publications. Born in India, she lives in the San Francisco area. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Mistress of Spices (1997) 1,851 exemplar
Sister of My Heart (1999) 1,578 exemplar
The Palace of Illusions (2008) 1,047 exemplar
One Amazing Thing (2009) 744 exemplar
Arranged Marriage: Stories (1996) 663 exemplar
The Conch Bearer (2003) 574 exemplar
The Vine of Desire (2002) 559 exemplar
The Unknown Errors of Our Lives (2001) 426 exemplar
Queen of Dreams (2004) 426 exemplar
Neela: Victory Song (2002) 323 exemplar
Oleander Girl (1600) 271 exemplar
Before We Visit the Goddess (2016) 251 exemplar
The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming (2005) 154 exemplar
The Forest of Enchantments (2019) 138 exemplar
Independence (2023) 126 exemplar

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The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 443 exemplar
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 156 exemplar
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On a Bed of Rice (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 77 exemplar
Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 65 exemplar
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Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 30 exemplar
Asian-American Literature: An Anthology (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 30 exemplar
The Mistress of Spices [2005 film] (2006) — Original book — 24 exemplar
Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 19 exemplar
Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories (Signet Classics) (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 10 exemplar
Bittersweet (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 10 exemplar


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Kolkata, India
Kolkata, India
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sunnydale, California, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
University of Calcutta (BA|1976)
Wright State University (MA|English)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD|English|1985)
Professor of Creative Writing
Board of Directors "Pratham"
Advisory Board, "Daya"
University of Houston
Priser och utmärkelser
PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for Fiction
Bay Area Book Reviewers Award (Fiction)
American Book Award
South Asian Literary Association Distinguished Author Award, 2007
Best Books of 2003, Publishers Weekly, The Conch Bearer
Sandra Dijkstra
Kort biografi
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include women, immigration, the South Asian experience, history, myth, magic and celebrating diversity.

She writes both for adults and children. Her books have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Russian and Japanese. Two novels, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into films. Her short stories, Arranged Marriage, won an American Book Award. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.



This is the best book I've read in years. I learned a lot of history from it, and the sisters' stories were captivating. The ending made me cry a lot though.
AnaHA18 | 3 andra recensioner | Nov 13, 2023 |
I read this in just a few days, and although it’s completely outside my comfort zone and very different from the usual books I pick up, I found myself oddly enthralled.

I thought the book had a few issues: I wasn’t crazy about the shifting POV from 1st to 3rd and back again, since there didn’t seem to be any consistency. I also wasn’t happy with the episodic feel of the chapters (they read like short stories, complete in their own right), but that became less of an issue as I got further into the story.

Despite those problems, the writing was smooth and engaging, and the characters incredibly complex and believable. I enjoyed that the events in the novel spanned generations.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni offers such a nuanced look at mother/daughter relationships, their complexities and difficulties, and the frequent inevitability of repeating our mothers’ patterns and mistakes.

I was also glad to get a look into a culture I don’t know much about. I have a couple of close friends who are of Indian descent, and what I enjoyed most about this novel is that it helped me understand them better. I will be looking for more books from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
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Elizabeth_Cooper | 15 andra recensioner | Oct 27, 2023 |
My last book of 2007.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni made an indelible impression on the literary world with her first novel, The Mistress of Spices, a magical tale of love and herbs. Sister of My Heart is less reliant on enchantment but no less enchanting as it tells the tale of two cousins born on the same day, their premature births brought on by a mysterious occurrence that claims the lives of both their fathers. Sudha is beautiful, Anju is not; yet the girls love each other as sisters, the bond between them so strong it seems nothing can break it. When both are pushed into arranged marriages, however, each discovers a devastating secret that changes their relationship forever.

Pretty good, though with the chapters alternating between the two girls I did get a little confused sometimes as to what happened to whom - there seemed to be not enough difference between the two voices for me to remember who and what. (I have to admit that I did read this over perhaps a week, putting it down and picking it up again, so that may have contributed).
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nordie | 29 andra recensioner | Oct 14, 2023 |
I liked the premise and the cast of characters, but thought it was overwrought and the relationship with Raven (and his entire depiction) quite forced. Also, I was constantly friustrated with one of the main underlying themes that making oneself happy is a bad thing, and that arbitrary authoritarian rules should be followed or that we should willongly accept punishment for transgressing them. If I could give half stars, the rating would have been a 2.5.
lschiff | 51 andra recensioner | Sep 24, 2023 |



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