Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of 18 books. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies and translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi and Japanese. She has won numerous awards, including an American
Book Award and the internation Premio Scanno Prize. Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults.

Her latest novel is Oleander Girl (Simon and Schuster, 2013). Her upcoming novel is Before We Visit the Goddess (about 3 generations of women-- grandmother, mother and daughter-- who each examine the question "what does it mean to be a successful woman." April 2016, Simon & Schuster.)

Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies. Her novels One Amazing Thing and Palace of Illusions have been optioned. Her collection of stories, Arranged Marriage has been made into a play.

She was born in India and came to the United States to continue her education, receiving a Master's degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

She currently teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the Univ. of Houston. She serves on the Advisory board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and Daya in Houston, organizations that help South Asian or South Asian American women in abusive situations. She is also closely involved with Pratham, an organization that helps educate children (especially those living in urban slums) in India.

She has judged several prestigious awards, such as the National Book Award and the PEN Faulkner Award.

She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay (whose names she has used in her children's novels).

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Best Sellers

    • The Palace of Illusions

    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 180

    The novel traces princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their fatherâ¿¿s kingdom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • timeless story

    • By Richard on 03-15-08

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Before We Visit the Goddess

    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Priya Ayyar, Vikas Adam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 665
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 616
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 618

    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....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Wish someone had warned me!

    • By Brenda D Maguire on 11-29-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • One Amazing Thing

    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: Purva Bedi, Soneela Nankani, Neil Shah
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    Winner of a Pushcart Prize for poetry and an American Book Award for her short stories, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores themes of women, immigration, and her vibrant Indian culture to great effect.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Creative Copiing

    • By swambold on 04-14-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Sister of My Heart

    • A Novel
    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    From the award-winning author of Mistress of Spices, the best-selling novel about the extraordinary bond between two women, and the family secrets and romantic jealousies that threaten to tear them apart....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I enjoyed reading this book much more

    • By R.Reader on 08-08-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Oleander Girl

    • A Novel
    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    Orphaned at birth, 17-year-old Korobi Roy is the scion of a distinguished Kolkata family and has enjoyed a privileged, sheltered childhood with her adoring grandparents....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding performance

    • By M. Naythons on 07-08-15

    Regular price: $22.63

    • The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming

    • Brotherhood of the Conch, Book 2
    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Within these pages, Jodi Lynn Anderson shares with us the beginning of May Bird's daring journey into the Ever After, a haunting place where true friends, and one terrible foe, await her....

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Arranged Marriage: Stories

    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: Judith West
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    For the young girls and women brought to life in these stories, the possibility of change, of starting anew, is both as terrifying and filled with promise....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Took a chance

    • By Mal on 12-08-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Conch Bearer

    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, 12-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing original here

    • By K. Hable on 01-27-13

    Regular price: $18.13

    • The Vine of Desire

    • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    When Anju invites Sudha, a single mother in Calcutta, to come live with her and her husband, Sunil, in California, Sudha foolishly accepts, knowing full well that Sunil has long desired her....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Average

    • By Stephen Silluzio on 06-27-18

    Regular price: $24.95

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