Biography

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of 16 books, including OLEANDER GIRL, THE MISTRESS OF SPICES, SISTER OF MY HEART, PALACE OF ILLUSIONS and ONE AMAZING THING. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times, and has won, among other prizes, an American Book Award. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and is the McDavid professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Books by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Fiction

The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgiveable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover --- but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she’d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak 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.