By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Even if Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has gained compliment and awards for a few years, it's her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that's quick making her one of many brightest emerging stars within the altering face of yank literature. Arranged Marriage, her first choice of tales, spent 5 weeks at the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller record and garnered serious acclaim that might were amazing for even a extra tested author.
For the younger women and girls delivered to existence in those tales, the opportunity of swap, of beginning anew, is either as terrifying and packed with promise because the ocean that separates them from their houses in India. From the tale of a tender bride whose fairy-tale imaginative and prescient of California is shattered while her husband is murdered and he or she needs to face the long run on her personal, to a proud middle-aged divorced lady made up our minds to reach San Francisco, Divakaruni's award-winning poetry fuses the following with prose for the 1st time to create 11 devastating pix of ladies at the verge of an unforgettable transformation.
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