A beautiful, powerful new novel from the best-selling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spies about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another - a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love.
The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family's situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single unforgivable misstep.
Years later, Sabitri's own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother's choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover - but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she'd imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.
In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity of these multigenerational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the 20th century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas - an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of voices.
©2016 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I generally like stories of women who struggle through to the end. I thought that's where this story was headed, but I'm left feeling that it ended before the end! I was loving the idea of the story and the cultural aspect, but found that I was lost over and over in the jumps back and forth in time and character. Perhaps it's a matter of what I want from spending time listening and/or reading a book. I want to relax, learn and finish with a few insights....feeling satisfied like after a good meal. When it's over I want to feel that the ends are tied up and I can happily move on. After finishing this book, I just feel frustrated. I will say that the writing was beautiful.
Listened to this one because it was recommended. So glad I did!! A generational saga of women - their failures and successes - seemingly unrelated, are woven together to tell a rich, and colorful tale.
I Loved the characters, the grandmother, mother and child.
This is another example of why we need to communicate more with our daughter's before it's too late.
The husband insecurities tore up a whole family!
what did he gain?
I am a homemaker with 2 older children and several hobbies. I love diy projects and listening to audiobooks while doing them.
This book is very interesting to me, because of the many different viewpoints of child, mother and grandmother, and even the men in their lives. I like getting the insight into Indian home life. I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed this deep look at three generations of mothers and the people who passed through their lives.
Sabitri, I like how she dealt with her circumstances and how she was able to make the best of things.
I particularly liked Divakaruni verbose way of turning a phase. There had been times while listening while walking my dog that I wished I could have written it down. I really enjoyed the story but the writing was supurbe
This was a daily deal that I purchased. I enjoyed learning about the Indian culture. The book dives deep into human relationships and the pain we sometimes create for ourselves and others out of pride. This is a book that all people will relate to well. It is a book that inspired much self reflection for me. In the end self love is a must, and when we have that we are better for everyone else. Wonderful author, I plan to read more of her books.
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