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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Wish someone had warned me!

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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.

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wonder story

I love the way that the author weaved together all the stories with suprizeing depth.

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Absolutely Worth a Credit

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.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Absolutely loved it. Beautiful writing, almost lyrical, easy reading but we so much meaning
And the reader did a pretty good job

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A Great Read

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?

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Expected So Much More!!!

Was really hoping that this story would be as good as some of the author's previous books, like Americana, Oleander Girl, and Purple Hibiscus, but sadly, it did not measure up to any of them. The plot was basically boring, with no actual depth to the characters. The story oddly jumped around, and was not well executed. As for the narration, the parts off the Grandmother and her daughter were performed OK, though the person narrating Tara (the youngest generation of the three), was pretty awful, and not at all a believable character. I truly felt like she was reading, rather than playing the part. Also, do not understand why the author added in that single chapter with Kenneth, the neighbor. It seemed pointless and inconsequential in telling the story. Would not recommend, when there are so many wonderful options available on audio.

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  • Gloria
  • Carmichael, CA, USA
  • 11-23-16

Unique Trip Through Family Life

I enjoyed this deep look at three generations of mothers and the people who passed through their lives.

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Vibrant & Cultural!

incredibly in-depth stories that are all interwoven and connected throughout three generations. it's bright, intense, and beautiful.

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  • Chris
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 09-09-17

Surprising and well acted

This was not a normal purchase for me. In fact, think I got it on sale and based it purely on the clip and reviews. They led me the right way.

The acting for each person is excellent! The voices change based on age, location, and generation. You never loose the person even though the time jumping can get a bit confusing at 1 part. The voice acting really helps bring the story to life!

The story is excellent too! It does an amazing job tell the story 4 generations of women in a family which is no easy task. You see the challenges and changes each women face with amazing clarity. And it feels as if they do not short change on the details.

Will be looking for similar books by this author and with these voice actors.

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Good read.

It's the story of multiple generations of an Asian Indian family, with changing & conflicting times & values. But it could be any family anywhere because the conflicts are created by misunderstandings, secrets, & shame. This isn't a dark story, despite loss & loneliness. I recommend it.