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The Feast of Roses: A Novel

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The love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa, begun in the critically praised debut novel The Twentieth Wife, continues in Indu Sundaresan's The Feast of Roses. This lush new novel tells the story behind one of the great tributes to romantic love and one of the seven wonders of the world — the Taj Mahal.

Mehrunnisa, better known as Empress Nur Jahan, comes into Jahangir's harem as his twentieth and last wife. Almost from the beginning of her royal life she fits none of the established norms of womanhood in seventeenth-century India.

Mehrunnisa is the first woman Jahangir marries for love, at the "old" age of thirty-four. He loves her so deeply that he eventually transfers his powers of sovereignty to her.

Power and wealth do not come easily to Mehrunnisa — she has to fight for them. She has a formidable rival in the imperial harem, Empress Jagat Gosini, who has schemed and plotted against Mehrunnisa from early on. Mehrunnisa's problems do not just lie within the harem walls, but at court, too, as she battles powerful ministers for supremacy. These ministers, who have long had Emperor Jahangir's confidence and trust, consider Mehrunnisa a mere woman who cannot have a voice in the outside world.

Mehrunnisa combats all of this by forming a junta of sorts with three men she can rely on — her father, her brother, and Jahangir's son Prince Khurram. She demonstrates great strength of character and cunning to get what she wants, sometimes at a cost of personal sorrow when she almost loses her daughter's love. But she never loses the love of the man who bestows this power upon her — Emperor Jahangir. The Feast of Roses is a tale of this power and love, the story of power behind a veil.

Review:

"Good old-fashioned historical fiction....Full of jeweled beauties and crumbling ruins, [The Feast of Roses] satisfies every craving for the pomp and mystery of India's past." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Rich and realistic....A delicious story." The Seattle Times

Review:

"Indu Sundaresan has written a fascinating novel about a fascinating time, and has brought it alive with characters that are at once human and legendary, that move with grace and panache across the brilliant stage she has reconstructed for them." Chitra Divakaruni, Author of Mistress of Spices and Unknown Errors of Our Lives

Review:

"The strength of this series [The Feast of Roses] lies in its description of the imperial context, of luxurious surroundings and sumptuous feasts, and of life in northern India?In The Feast of Roses, Indu Sundaresan displays for us another rich tapestry of Mughal history?lush in historical context." Bookloons.com

Synopsis:

The love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa, begun in the critically praised debut novel "The Twentieth Wife, " continues in Indu Sundaresan's "The Feast of Roses." This lush new novel tells the story behind one of the great tributes to romantic love and one of the seven wonders of the world — the Taj Mahal.

Mehrunnisa, better known as Empress Nur Jahan, comes into Jahangir's harem as his twentieth and last wife. Almost from the beginning of her royal life she fits none of the established norms of womanhood in seventeenth-century India.

Mehrunnisa is the first woman Jahangir marries for love, at the "old" age of thirty-four. He loves her so deeply that he eventually transfers his powers of sovereignty to her.

Power and wealth do not come easily to Mehrunnisa — she has to fight for them. She has a formidable rival in the imperial harem, Empress Jagat Gosini, who has schemed and plotted against Mehrunnisa from early on. Mehrunnisa's problems do not just lie within the harem walls, but at court, too, as she battles powerful ministers for supremacy. These ministers, who have long had Emperor Jahangir's confidence and trust, consider Mehrunnisa a mere woman who cannot have a voice in the outside world.

Mehrunnisa combats all of this by forming a "junta" of sorts with three men she can rely on — her father, her brother, and Jahangir's son Prince Khurram. She demonstrates great strength of character and cunning to get what she wants, sometimes at a cost of personal sorrow when she almost loses her daughter's love. But she never loses the love of the man who bestows this power upon her — Emperor Jahangir. "The Feast of Roses" is a tale of this power and love, the story of power behind a veil.

About the Author

Indu Sundaresan was born and raised in India. She came to the United States for graduate studies and started writing fiction seriously in 1993. She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743456401
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Sundaresan, Indu
Author:
Indu Sundaresan
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
India
Subject:
History
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Empresses
Subject:
Taj Mahal
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
v. 11
Publication Date:
20030520
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 22.224 oz

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Product details 400 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743456401 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Good old-fashioned historical fiction....Full of jeweled beauties and crumbling ruins, [The Feast of Roses] satisfies every craving for the pomp and mystery of India's past."
"Review" by , "Rich and realistic....A delicious story."
"Review" by , "Indu Sundaresan has written a fascinating novel about a fascinating time, and has brought it alive with characters that are at once human and legendary, that move with grace and panache across the brilliant stage she has reconstructed for them." Chitra Divakaruni, Author of Mistress of Spices and Unknown Errors of Our Lives
"Review" by , "The strength of this series [The Feast of Roses] lies in its description of the imperial context, of luxurious surroundings and sumptuous feasts, and of life in northern India?In The Feast of Roses, Indu Sundaresan displays for us another rich tapestry of Mughal history?lush in historical context."
"Synopsis" by , The love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa, begun in the critically praised debut novel "The Twentieth Wife, " continues in Indu Sundaresan's "The Feast of Roses." This lush new novel tells the story behind one of the great tributes to romantic love and one of the seven wonders of the world — the Taj Mahal.

Mehrunnisa, better known as Empress Nur Jahan, comes into Jahangir's harem as his twentieth and last wife. Almost from the beginning of her royal life she fits none of the established norms of womanhood in seventeenth-century India.

Mehrunnisa is the first woman Jahangir marries for love, at the "old" age of thirty-four. He loves her so deeply that he eventually transfers his powers of sovereignty to her.

Power and wealth do not come easily to Mehrunnisa — she has to fight for them. She has a formidable rival in the imperial harem, Empress Jagat Gosini, who has schemed and plotted against Mehrunnisa from early on. Mehrunnisa's problems do not just lie within the harem walls, but at court, too, as she battles powerful ministers for supremacy. These ministers, who have long had Emperor Jahangir's confidence and trust, consider Mehrunnisa a mere woman who cannot have a voice in the outside world.

Mehrunnisa combats all of this by forming a "junta" of sorts with three men she can rely on — her father, her brother, and Jahangir's son Prince Khurram. She demonstrates great strength of character and cunning to get what she wants, sometimes at a cost of personal sorrow when she almost loses her daughter's love. But she never loses the love of the man who bestows this power upon her — Emperor Jahangir. "The Feast of Roses" is a tale of this power and love, the story of power behind a veil.

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