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Oleander Girl - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Oleander Girl
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Beloved bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Abraham Verghese as a “gifted storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart.” Now, Divakaruni returns with her most gripping novel yet, a sweeping, suspenseful coming-of-age tale about a young... show more
Beloved bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Abraham Verghese as a “gifted storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart.” Now, Divakaruni returns with her most gripping novel yet, a sweeping, suspenseful coming-of-age tale about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life. THOUGH SHE WAS ORPHANED AT BIRTH, the wild and headstrong Korobi Roy has enjoyed a privileged childhood with her adoring grandparents, spending her first seventeen years sheltered in a beautiful, crumbling old mansion in Kolkata. But despite all that her grandparents have done for her, she is troubled by the silence that surrounds the circumstances of her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found, years ago, hidden in a book of poetry that had belonged to her mother. As she grows, Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has finally come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family. Shortly after their engagement, however, a sudden heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi’s past. Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents’ betrayal, Korobi decides to undertake a courageous search across post-9/11 America to find her true identity. Her dramatic, often startling journey will ultimately thrust her into the most difficult decision of her life.  With flawless narrative instinct and a boundless sympathy for her irrepressible characters, in Oleander Girl Divakaruni brings us a perfect treat of a novel— moving, wise, and unforgettable. As The Wall Street Journal raves, “Divakaruni emphasizes the cathartic force of storytelling with sumptuous prose. . . . She defies categorization.”
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781451695656 (1451695659)
Publisher: Free Press
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it
3.0 Book 12/100: Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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...
Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it
2.0 Oleander Girl: A Novel
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/08/oleander-girl.htmlThe Oleander Girl is Korobi Roy. Her very name stands for the oleander flower - beautiful yet strong. To her knowledge, Korobi was orphaned at birth and raised in a loving home by her maternal grandpa...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
4.0
Chitra Divakaruni's writing keeps getting better. I found this to be my favorite book of hers so far, especially since she didn't succumb to certain plot twists I was sure she would do, and it wasn't overwritten with flowery sentiments like her earliest books. I thought the ending was a little too...
LondaLocs
LondaLocs rated it
Would have loved to read this book as it seems very interesting, but I NEVER received my goodreads giveaway copy. Will check it out of the library at a later time.
iguana literature
iguana literature rated it
3.0 Oleander Girl
I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.Korobi's vision of her dead mother hooked me from the beginning. This is a fun dramatic book with a lot of plot. I found Korobi and Rajat's relationship strange at first; they don't seem like two characters who would be compatible, but they lo...
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