BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS CONTINUES AT #1 ON THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER LIST SINCE PUBLICATION
INDIA (VIA ASIAN AGE). BBC, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL, HINDUSTAN TIMES, NEWSDAY, THE HINDU, INDIA TODAY, SCROLL.IN AND BOOKRIOT DESCRIBE IT AS A MUST-READ BOOK.
NEW YORK TIMES RECOMMENDS IT IN ITS NEW AND NOTED BOOKS.
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.