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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's acclaimed novels for adults include the bestselling The Mistress of Spices, soon to be a motion picture. Her previous book for young readers, The Conch Bearer, was a Booklist Editors' Choice, Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and is a 2005 Texas Bluebonnet... show more

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's acclaimed novels for adults include the bestselling The Mistress of Spices, soon to be a motion picture. Her previous book for young readers, The Conch Bearer, was a Booklist Editors' Choice, Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and is a 2005 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and lives with her husband and two sons in Sugarland, Texas.
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Merle
Merle rated it 3 years ago
Fun, accessible retelling of an epic I'm not familiar with - it's given me a strong starting point; from what I've seen it appears she's quite faithful to the original, only reassessing character motivations. The narrator has a strong voice and the author does a good job making character decisions s...
litavore
litavore rated it 4 years ago
Divakaruni isn't my usual style when it comes to Indian authors,my preference being books based in the continent itself. But I was very happily surprised by this collection of short stories. Very interesting varieties between character personalities, time, place and all of them very well done. I wou...
A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it 4 years ago
This book is essentially "chick lit" set in India. I don't particularly like that word as a descriptor as I think it is a pejorative way of classifying storylines that interest women, but it does call to mind certain tropes. And this book was rife with them -- lots of family drama, secrets about the...
Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it 4 years ago
3.5 StarsI have read a lot of mythology. I know the stories of the Celtic tribes, the Germanic people who would conquer them, the Romans l the Greeks, and even of many of the nation's who inhabited North America. I am less familiar with the mythologies of the East, particularly India. Perhaps it was...
Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it 4 years ago
While magical realism abounds in this tale, there is a part of me that believes in the talent and ability of certain individuals in 'prescribing' herbs and spices to cure ailments and to correct the imbalance found in daily living -- as attributed to the central protagonist in this account. I liked ...
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