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The Vine of Desire: A Novelby Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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In a novel that reunites the beloved characters of Sister of My Heart, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the emotional ties between two lifelong friends — and how they change when the husband of one is dangerously attracted to the other.
The Vine of Desire continues the story of Anju and Sudha, the two young women at the center of Divakaruni's bestselling novel Sister of My Heart. Far from Calcutta, the city of their childhood, and after years of living separate lives, Anju and Sudha rekindle their friendship in America. The deep-seated love they feel for each other provides the support each of them needs. It gives Anju the strength to pick up the pieces of her life after a miscarriage, and Sudha the confidence to make a life for herself and her baby daughter, Dayita — without her husband. The women's bond is shaken to the core when they must confront the deeply passionate feelings that Anju's husband has for Sudha. Meanwhile, the unlikely relationships they form with men and women in the world outside the immigrant Indian community as well as with their families in India profoundly transform them, forcing them to question the central assumptions of their lives.
A moving and satisfying sequel to Sister of My Heart, The Vine of Desire stands on its own as a novel of extraordinary depth and sensitivity. Through the eyes of people caught in the clash of cultures, Divakaruni reveals the rewards and the perils of breaking free from the past and the complicated, often contradictory emotions that shape the passage to independence.
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
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.
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 JOSe MERCURY NEWS
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.
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 wel
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the bestselling
In the sequel to Sister of My Heart, after a year of living separate lives, Anju and Sudha are reunited and rekindle their friendship in America, a link that helps both women deal with the problems of their lives as they establish new relationships with their families in India and with men and women outside the Indian immigrant community. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
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.
About the Author
CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI is the author of the bestselling novels The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, the prizewinning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives, and four acclaimed volumes of poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., Zoetrope: All Story, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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