Books by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

OLEANDER GIRL by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Released: March 19, 2013

"Like an Indian Maeve Binchy, Divakaruni offers an entertaining if lightweight comfort read."
Although her heroine travels to the United States to unravel family secrets, the heart of Divakaruni's cross-cultural novel (One Amazing Thing, 2010, etc.) lies in contemporary Kolkata, India. Read full book review >
GRANDMA AND THE GREAT GOURD by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Released: March 5, 2013

"This fresh new version will soon have young listeners and readers telling the story themselves. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Retelling a story from her childhood, well-known Bengali-American writer Divakaruni uses lively language, nonsense syllables and traditional rhythms. Read full book review >
ONE AMAZING THING by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Compassionate stories, many of them inspired, suspended in half of a novel. "
A diverse group trapped in the aftermath of a disaster shares tales of love, loss and desire. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2009

After their previous adventure in the past (The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming, 2005), Anand and Nisha are thrust into the future in this satisfying trilogy closer. Read full book review >

THE PALACE OF ILLUSIONS by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"An ambitious project effectively executed."
Divakaruni (Queen of Dreams, 2005, etc.) offers a quasi-feminist retelling of the great Hindu text known as the Mahabharata. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Though he's been greatly honored by being made keeper of the magical conch (The Conch Bearer, 2003), Anand feels worthless in his apprenticeship in the Silver Valley. Read full book review >

QUEEN OF DREAMS by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Richly textured and artfully told through the varied perspectives of believable characters."
Poet and novelist Divakaruni (The Conch Bearer, 2003, etc.) stirs up a tasty curry that's half-mystery, half-fantasy in a clever tale of a young woman trying to sort out the mystery of her mother's death—and life. Read full book review >
THE CONCH BEARER by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

Pakoras instead of stew. Read full book review >

THE VINE OF DESIRE by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Thin and disappointing, despite vivid scenes of immigrant life and recollections of home."
Overwrought and sluggishly paced sequel to Sister of My Heart (1999), continuing the tale of two Indian cousins who now find their close relationship threatened by old loves and new sorrows in California. Read full book review >
THE UNKNOWN ERRORS OF OUR LIVES by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2001

"Well-crafted storytelling, with a few real gems. "
A solid if unexceptional second collection from Divakaruni (Arranged Marriage, 1995, etc.), this time focused on women striving to create new identities while gracefully incorporating the old. Read full book review >
THE MISTRESS OF SPICES by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 1997

The author of the promising story collection Arranged Marriage (1995) employs magical realism to delve back into the lives of Indian immigrants—all of whom, in this case, consult an ancient shamanic spice-vendor in their efforts to improve their lives. Born ugly and unwanted in a tiny village in India, Nayan Tara (``Flower That Grows by the Dust Road'') is virtually discarded by her family for the sin of being a girl. Read full book review >

ARRANGED MARRIAGE by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

From an award-winning Indian-born poet, now California-based, a first collection of 11 stories that describe what is both universal and unique about the experience of Indian women in America and at home. Read full book review >