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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Biography

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Indian American writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher. Her themes include contemporary America, women, the Indian experience, immigration, history, myth, family, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, and her work has appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies. Several of her novels and stories have been made into films and plays. She has won an American Book Award, a Light of India award, a Premio Scanno (Italy), and a Barbara Deming award, among numerous others. Divakaruni writes for both adults and children. In 2015, she was chosen by the Economic Times for their list "Twenty Most Influential Global Indian Women." She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Books by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Fiction, Women's Fiction

As the young daughter of a poor rural baker, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but schooling is impossible on the meager profits from her mother’s sweetshop. When a powerful local woman takes Sabitri under her wing, her generous offer soon proves dangerous after Sabitri makes a single, unforgivable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees to America with her political refugee lover --- but the world she finds is vastly different from her dreams. As the marriage crumbles and Bela decides to forge her own path, she unwittingly teaches her little girl, Tara, indelible lessons about freedom and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Fiction

Orphaned at birth, 17-year-old Korobi Roy has been troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents’ deaths. She dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile family. But shortly after their engagement, a heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi's past.