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Oleander Girl By Chitra  Banerjee Divakaruni

Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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A sweeping, suspenseful coming-of-age tale from "gifted storyteller" Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Oleander Girl Summary

Oleander Girl: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Although she was orphaned at birth, Korobi Roy has enjoyed a privileged childhood with her adoring grandparents, spending her first seventeen years in a beautiful, crumbling old mansion in Kolkata, India. But she is troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents' mysterious death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she discovered, years ago, hidden in her mother's book of poetry. Just when she believes she has found true love herself, she discovers a devastating family secret that impels her on a courageous search across America, transforming her in ways she cannot imagine and facing her with the most difficult choice of her life.

Oleander Girl Reviews

"Gorgeous. . . [An] elegant and highly evocative new novel from Divakaruni." * PopMatters.com *
"With the barest touch of magical realism, Oleander Girl whisks the reader into the layered intricacies of love affairs, family, Indian social class, racial prejudice and religious tension. . . . [Divakaruni] delivers an absorbing modern fairy tale about an orphan in search of the messy truths of family and love." * San Antonio Express News *
"Emotionally compelling. . . . Oleander Girl . . . weaves together many realizations-social and personal. It's a book that allows you to debate the place of pure emotion as a driving force in life. . . . Divakaruni brings up the generation gap, . . . social status, personal loyalty, Indian mindsets and American realities (ongoing subjects of inquiry in many of her former novels) and serves them with just enough sugar and spice to keep her reader liking the fare." * Live Mint *
"Divakaruni is a poet as well as a novelist-a fact on display in this mystery, which unfolds like a time-lapsed lotus. . . . [She] weaves the issues of the caste system, Hindu and Muslim differences, modern Indian women balancing love and duty, and prejudice into the fabric of her story. It's the smell and feel of Kolkata that resonates long after the book is finished." * BUST magazine *
"Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's new novel, Oleander Girl, is . . . a showcase for the best-selling author's ability to maintain her signature, beautifully-crafted prose while creating a complex set of deceptions, ruses, and lies, exposing the dark side of human nature. . . . Skillfully crafted, the novel is a bouquet of collisions that illustrate how choices we make affect more than just ourselves. The past and present clash, as do secrets and truths, needs and wants, old and new India, East and West, wise and unwise decisions. Subplots span two continents and families, and double back on themselves." * India Currents *
"A many-faceted story of discovery . . . Oleander Girl is part mystery, part search, but mostly the story of a young girl finding herself and deciding where she belongs." * Seattle Times *
"An orphan teen raised by her grandparents in India finds the love she always searched for, but a newly unearthed family secret may interfere." * Oprah.com "16 New Books to Get Lost in This April" *
"Oleander Girl will keep you captivated from the very first chapter. . . . The twists and turns to the story will make you want to read it in one sitting. Beautifully written. As an author, Divakaruni is in a league of her own." * UrbanAsian.com *
"Oleander Girl is a coming of age novel in the best tradition. . . . Divakaruni's gift is story telling, and she is generous with her gift. Through her wonderful novel we become active participants. . . and grateful witnesses to the maturing of a child into a woman." * The Huffington Post *
"Chitra Divakaruni's enthralling new novel, Oleander Girl, tells a love story that is more than just that. . . . The many memorable characters that people this novel make it a pleasure to read. [Divakaruni] lavishes as much care on secondary characters as she does on the principals.
[Her] tale is so well-plotted that few will guess the secrets at the heart of this page-turner." * The Dallas News *
"Divakaruni uses her considerable storytelling skills to full advantage in her new novel." * The Oregonian *
"Divakaruni explores issues of class and politics in modern India and immigrant America, but the family issues at the heart of the novel give it a cross-cultural appeal. Told with empathy and intelligence, and accompanied by intrigue, the stories--and issues--of the Roy and Bose families should appeal to a broad range of readers." * Shelf Awareness *
"Divakaruni has crafted a beautiful, complex story in which caste, class, religion, and race are significant facotrs informing people's world views." * Library Journal (starred review) *
"Oleander Girl is a masterpiece--a Dickens novel moved forward 150 years." * BookReporter.com *
"An entrancing storyteller with an unerring moral compass, Divakaruni has created a superbly well-plotted, charming, yet hard-hitting novel of family, marriage, and class, a veritable Indian Jane Austen novel spiked with racial prejudice and religious violence. . . . From baneful secrets, poisonous misunderstandings and conflicts, and transcendent love, Divakaruni has forged another tender, wise, and resonant page-turner." * Booklist (starred review) *
"The heart of Divakaruni's cross-cultural novel lies in contemporary Kolkata, India. . . . Like an Indian Maeve Binchy, Divakaruni offers an entertaining [read]." * Kirkus *
"Oleander Girl is elegant and classic, but also vivid and immediate. Love and loss and secrets collide in this powerful story of the way we live now. There is poetry on these pages, but also the burning-on-both-ends urgency of a page turner. Gorgeous and exciting, this is a wonderful novel." -- Tayari Jones * bestselling author of The Silver Sparrow *
"When you think of thrilling page turners, you don't usually think of fluid, graceful prose. But that's what you'll find in Oleander Girl. This is the gripping story of a young woman who leaves India in pursuit of a shocking family secret, only to learn far more about herself than she bargained for. It is also a story that bears out the wisdom of something one of the characters says: Never choose something because it's easier. Chitra Divakaruni is such an elegant writer, one who makes the reader feel not only engaged and entertained, but a bit elevated, too. I've been a fan of Divakaruni's work for a long time; this book keeps me one." -- Elizabeth Berg * New York Times bestselling author of Tapestry of Fortunes *
"Compulsively readable, a real page-turner. I found it impossible to set this novel down once I picked it up. Chitra Divakaruni confronts the hard truths about love, loss, grief, redemption and the choices we make, in a family saga that reads like a detective novel." -- Thrity Umrigar * bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between *
"Oleander Girl is a riveting and powerful exploration of family secrets, betrayal, love, and ultimately, the search for self. Divakaruni paints colorful characters on a rich tapestry of modern India, all still haunted by the past." -- Shilpi Somaya Gowda * New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter *

About Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of sixteen books, including Oleander Girl, The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, Palace of Illusions, One Amazing Thing, and Before We Visit the Goddess. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times, and has won, among other prizes, an American Book Award. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and is the McDavid professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Additional information

GOR006582851
Oleander Girl: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Simon & Schuster
2014-04-24
320
1451695683
9781451695687
N/A
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