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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.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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.

THE OREGONIAN

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

Synopsis:

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the bestselling

Synopsis:

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.

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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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ISBN:
9781400075812
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Author:
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030204
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384

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"Synopsis" by , Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the bestselling
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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