BBC, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Hindustan Times, Newsday, The Hindu, India Today, New Indian Express, The Telegraph, Scroll.in, Bookriot and other major publications describe it as a MUST-READ BOOK. The New York Times recommends it in its NEW AND NOTED books.
Chitra Divakaruni’s new novel, The Forest of Enchantments, based on the Indian epic The Ramayan, which she re-tells from the point of the main female character, Sita, will be published in India in January 2019 by Harper-Collins. It is now available for pre-order here.
Divakaruni will travel to India for the book release and will do Author Events in Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur and Hyderabad. Dates and tentative event details for each city are listed in Upcoming Events.
Here is an essay by Divakaruni on what this book—and the character of Sita—means to her.
‘‘A terrific read! Chitra Divakaruni has pulled off the near impossible by penning a story even more compelling than The Palace of Illusions’’ —Ashwin Sanghi
Serendipitously, this is the 10th anniversary of the publication of Divakaruni’s international bestseller The Palace of Illusions, the story of the Mahabharat retold by Draupadi, a major woman character. A special 10th Anniversary Edition is now available here, courtesy of Pan Macmillan.
“The Palace of Illusions . . . is as bright a gem as the Hope Diamond – a mythic tale brimming with warriors, magic and treachery . . . . Who better to attempt the feat of transforming a centuries-old cultural icon into a personal, modern story than Divakaruni?Her sentences dazzle; the images she creates are masterful….” (Los Angeles Times)
THE U.S. and Indian paperbacks of Chitra Divakaruni's latest novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, about the deep and complicated bond between mothers and daughters in India and America, are now available. Amazon is having a sale on both the U.S. paperback and the hardcover here.
BOOK CLUBS: A Reading Guide is available here. Chitra is available to do online/video chats with book clubs as time permits. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.