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Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers.  Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo--in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman--travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers.  An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life.  Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman's magical powers.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, born in India, is an award-winning poet who teaches creative writing at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, where she also serves as president of MAITRI, a helpline for South Asian women.  In 1995 her short story collection Arranged Marriage was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.  Her fourth poetry collection, Leaving Yuba City, was published by Anchor in August 1997.

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Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, "The Mistress of Spices" tells the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time in a faraway place who is trained in the ancient art of spices. When Tilo--disguised in the gnarled body of an old woman--travels to present-day Oakland, California, an unexpected romance with a handsome stranger forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life. 352 pp. National author tour. Print ads. 40,000 print.

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The bestselling novel by the author of Arranged Marriage.

About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the bestselling author of the novels Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices; the story collections The Unknown Errors of Our Lives and Arranged Marriage, which received several awards, including the American Book Award; and four collections of prize-winning poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., Zoetrope, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Best American Short Stories 1999, and The New York Times. Born in India, Divakaruni lives near Houston.

For further information about Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, visit her Web site at www.chitradivakaruni.com.

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Jonna, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Jonna)
My mother & sister had been raving for weeks about a film called The Mistress of Spices, which I hadn't been able to see, so when I came across this title on the library shelf, I grabbed it. Turns out I now have something to rave about myself!
Highly descriptive & elegant, the story of Tilo, the Mistress and her many transformations is touching. As Tilo changes the lives of those around her with the help of her spices, she also discovers the life & love she truly wants.
Now that I've seen the film, I'd choose anyway!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385482387
Author:
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Spices
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Oakland (calif.)
Subject:
Oakland (Calif.) Fiction.
Subject:
Oakland
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;india;magical realism;fantasy;novel;spices;romance;magic;california;oakland;20th century;women;literature;food;immigrants;san francisco;indian fiction;literary fiction;mythology;indien;america;contemporary fiction;love;american;indian-american
Subject:
fiction;india;magical realism;fantasy;novel;spices;romance;magic;california;oakland;20th century;women;literature;food;immigrants;san francisco;indian fiction;literary fiction;mythology;indien;america;contemporary fiction;love;american;indian-american
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.24x.73 in. .58 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385482387 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, "The Mistress of Spices" tells the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time in a faraway place who is trained in the ancient art of spices. When Tilo--disguised in the gnarled body of an old woman--travels to present-day Oakland, California, an unexpected romance with a handsome stranger forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life. 352 pp. National author tour. Print ads. 40,000 print.
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling novel by the author of Arranged Marriage.
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