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Critical Praise

"A potent, emotional book delivered by a writer who knows when to step back and take in the poetry."


"Compelling. . . . Divakaruni writes prose that is lush. . . . [She] excels at depicting the nuances of the immigrant experience."

——SF Weekly

"[An] exquisitely rendered tale of passion, jealousy, and redemption. . . . Divakaruni combines a gift for absorbing narrative with the artistry of a painter."

——Publishers Weekly

"Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni fills a space all her own. . . . Her fiction draws a line straight to the heart."

——The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Divakaruni. . . . paints worlds of complex characters and cultures with an absorbing story line and beautiful language that reads like poetry."

——The Oregonian

"Compassionate. . . . Provid[es] with graceful economy a complex backdrop of contemporary Indian society."

——The Boston Sunday Globe

"Dazzling and powerful. . . . Divakaruni's descriptions, as always, possess a fine lyrical beauty. . . . Readers . . . will have much to feast on."

——The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Moving, passionate. . . . A beautiful, imperfect journey, much like life itself, and one well worth taking."

——Austin American-Statesman

"Divakaruni is an incomparable storyteller. . . . the beauty of her talent is her ability to capture the true complexity of the emotional landscape in her characters. . . . A lovely read."

——The Denver Post

"Incandescent. . . . Abounds with vibrant images."

——Houston Chronicle

"Grab The Vine of Desire. Divakaruni is a transplanted cultural treasure [and] a brilliant storyteller."

——The Seattle Times

"As gracefully structured as a piece of chamber music."

——San José Mercury News

"An engrossing and satisfying novel."

——The Washington Post

"Divakaruni is gifted with dramatic inventiveness [and] lyric, sensual language. . . . The Vine of Desire offers many delights."

——Los Angeles Times Book Review