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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Autor(a) de The Mistress of Spices

34+ Works 9,744 Membros 381 Críticas 35 Favorited

About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni was born in India and later moved to the United States to attend college. She earned a M. A. at Wright State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Divakaruni held many odd jobs until she was able to become an accomplished writer. She was mostrar mais the president of MAITRI, a crisis hotline for female South Asian victims of domestic abuse, and is currently a professor at Foothill College in California. Her works have been recognized in more than 50 magazines and 30 anthologies. She also has been awarded two PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and the Allen Ginsberg Poerty Prize. Divakaruni's books include Arranged Marriage and The Mistress of Spices. Her Title One Amazing Thing made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) Chitra Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels "The Mistress of Spices" & "Sister of My Heart", the story collection "Arranged Marriage", which won several awards, including the American Book Award, & four collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker", "The Atlantic Monthly", "Ms.", & other publications. Born in India, she lives in the San Francisco area. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Mistress of Spices (1997) 1,873 exemplares
Sister of My Heart (1999) 1,591 exemplares
The Palace of Illusions (2008) 1,069 exemplares
One Amazing Thing (2009) 765 exemplares
Arranged Marriage: Stories (1996) 669 exemplares
The Conch Bearer (2003) 580 exemplares
The Vine of Desire (2002) 562 exemplares
The Unknown Errors of Our Lives (2001) 431 exemplares
Queen of Dreams (2004) 429 exemplares
Neela: Victory Song (2002) 334 exemplares
Oleander Girl (1600) 273 exemplares
Before We Visit the Goddess (2016) 255 exemplares
The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming (2005) 154 exemplares
Independence (2023) 149 exemplares
The Forest of Enchantments (2019) 148 exemplares

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 448 exemplares
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
Full Blooded Fantasy (2005) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
On a Bed of Rice (1995) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women (1997) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology (1989) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America (1995) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Asian-American Literature: An Anthology (2000) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
The Mistress of Spices [2005 film] (2006) — Original book — 24 exemplares
Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (2001) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories (Signet Classics) (2009) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Bittersweet (1998) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Kolkata, India
Locais de residência
Kolkata, India
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sunnydale, California, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
University of Calcutta (BA|1976)
Wright State University (MA|English)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD|English|1985)
Professor of Creative Writing
Board of Directors "Pratham"
Advisory Board, "Daya"
University of Houston
Prémios e menções honrosas
PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for Fiction
Bay Area Book Reviewers Award (Fiction)
American Book Award
South Asian Literary Association Distinguished Author Award, 2007
Best Books of 2003, Publishers Weekly, The Conch Bearer
Sandra Dijkstra

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include women, immigration, the South Asian experience, history, myth, magic and celebrating diversity.

She writes both for adults and children. Her books have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Russian and Japanese. Two novels, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into films. Her short stories, Arranged Marriage, won an American Book Award. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.



Independence is a really lovely novel. I loved the bond between the sisters and how the dynamics between them changed as they grew older and apart. The backdrop of the story - the independence of India, was fascinating and prompted me to spend more time learning about that piece of history. I didn’t connect with the story quite enough to rate it 5 stars, but I would still recommend this novel to lovers of historical fiction.
dinahmine | 4 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |
Takes place in the basement office of a visa permit for India. While a group of people are there awaiting there requests for a visa, an earthquake occurs. They find themselves trapped with limited food and water. Each one tells about a meaningful incident their lives while they await their outcome.
bentstoker | 122 outras críticas | Jan 26, 2024 |
Three generations of Bengali women who, in turn, forsake their education, thereby limiting their prospects for independence and fulfillment. I read this upon returning from a trip to India, hoping to gain some insights into the lives of the women I encountered. Not so much, but the stories were interesting nevertheless.
jemisonreads | 17 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
A good story with a kind male lead, who makes mistakes and is willing to help others. Not a perfect book, but the storytelling was good and i like an adventure set in India.
mslibrarynerd | 12 outras críticas | Jan 13, 2024 |



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