BREAKING NEWS: BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER LIST, INDIA (VIA ASIAN AGE). BBC, USA TODAY AND BOOKRIOT LISTS IT AS A MUST-READ BOOK.
"Tender, bittersweet, beautifully wrought tales about love and longing, exile and loneliness. I was reminded of the songs of separation sung by Bhojpuri women: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni discovers new nuances in the ‘biraha’ that creeps into the lives of migrants." -- Amitav Ghosh, author of The Glass Palace and Sea of Poppies. http://www.amitavghosh.com/blog
"I will never forget Sabitri, Bela, and Tara: grandmother, mother, and daughter after my own heart. Chitra Divakaruni cycles through generations of time, until we come to know our ancestresses - and the goddess. A lovely book." -- Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and China Men
"The complexity of choices and individuality of the paths Divakaruni's women chart for themselves will grip you and enthrall you but, above all, will make you see how luminous and breathtakingly stunning a strong, decisive woman can be. . . . Before We Visit the Goddess, is Divakaruni's finest work yet, given its polished writing and intense, passionate characters." --India Today
"The always enchanting and enlightening Divakaruni spins another silken yet tensile saga about the lives of women in India and as immigrants in America…Divakaruni’s gracefully insightful, dazzlingly descriptive, and covertly stinging tale illuminates the opposition women must confront, generation by generation, as they seek both independence and connection." (Booklist Starred Review)
"There are few writers who get the setting, characters and story pitch perfect like Divakaruni does, every single time. Before We Visit the Goddess is no exception. Brilliantly magical, lyrical and powerful, it is in keeping with the tradition Divakaruni has made of capturing the Kolkata spirit and the strength of its women. . . . The complexity of choices and individuality of the paths Divakaruni's women chart for themselves will grip you and enthrall you but above all, will make you see how luminous and breathtakingly stunning a strong, decisive woman can be. . . . Before We Visit the Goddess is Divakaruni's finest work yet, given its polished writing and intense, passionate characters." (India Today)
A powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of sister of my heart, palace of illusions and the mistress of spices about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another. a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love.
The daughter of a poor sweet-maker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education. However, her family’s situation makes college an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity curdles after a single, unforgiveable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees to America with her political refugee lover, only to find the country—and love—vastly different from her imaginings. Forced to forge her own path, Bela unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with dangerous lessons about adulthood that will take a lifetime to unlearn.
In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas—an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of male and female voices.
Publication date: April 2016.
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