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When Jasmine is suddenly widowed at seventeen, she seems fated to a life of quiet isolation in the small Indian village where she was born. But the force of Jasmine's desires propels her explosively into a larger, more dangerous, and ultimately more life-giving world. In just a few years, Jasmine becomes Jane Ripplemeyer, happily pregnant by a middle-aged Iowa banker and the adoptive mother of a Vietnamese refugee.

Jasmine's metamorphosis, with its shocking upheavals and its slow evolutionary steps, illuminates the making of an American mind; but even more powerfully, her story depicts the shifting contours of an America being transformed by her and others like her — our new neighbors, friends, and lovers. In Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee has created a heroine as exotic and unexpected as the many worlds in which she lives.


"Mukherjee has eloquently succeeded in creating a kind of impressionistic fable, a prose-poem, about being an exile, a refugee, a spiritual vagabond in the world today." New York Times


"A beautiful novel, poetic, exotic, perfectly controlled." San Francisco Chronicle

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PrincessJaylia, June 2, 2011 (view all comments by PrincessJaylia)
This book was assigned for my ethnic fiction class. To be honest, I didn't care for it. The author jumps between past and present, so I had a hard time understanding what was going on when. The main character, Jasmine, also seemed too dramatic, and too many people loved her. Almost every man she met found her desireable.

Then, we went over the story in class, and wow, I found new meaning to everything. The teacher discussed the symbolisim and culture, and it made so much more sense. I reread the book again, and discovered I'd judged it too harshly before. Before, after, or during the time when you read this novel, make sure to browse the Internet for essays. It'll bring you a new understanding.
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senators_13, November 3, 2010 (view all comments by senators_13)
The concept of the story was alright. But I really believe that almost all of the history mukherjee states is way too over-dramatic. I found this book very offensive being a Sikh myself. Definitely would not buy it. That's just my opinion though.
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wl-07mhearn, May 7, 2007 (view all comments by wl-07mhearn)
I really enjoyed the story. The whole aspect of her telling her story and hardships was amazing. Normally books written in the format of revisiting are hard to read and confusing, but this one fits, because anyone who had gone through all this would not want to all at once talk about it, like her rape and murder of half face.
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Product Details

Mukherjee, Bharati
Grove Press
New York :
East Indian Americans
Domestic fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. A-20
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8.25 x 5.5 in 10.5 oz

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"Review" by , "A beautiful novel, poetic, exotic, perfectly controlled."
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