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SISTER OF MY HEART.

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee.

ISBN 10: 0385409230 / ISBN 13: 9780385409230
Published by DOUBLEDAY., NY, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on the title page. Close to fine in a fine dj. (Hint of foxing at top edge) ; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 27753

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Title: SISTER OF MY HEART.

Publisher: DOUBLEDAY., NY

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A contemporary drama steeped in the mysticism of Indian folklore. It explores the tragedies of love and loss whilst underlining the political and emotional conflicts arising from immigrant America.

Review:

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni made an indelible impression on the literary world with her first novel, The Mistress of Spices, a magical tale of love and herbs. Sister of My Heart is less reliant on enchantment but no less enchanting as it tells the tale of two cousins born on the same day, their premature births brought on by a mysterious occurrence that claims the lives of both their fathers. Sudha is beautiful, Anju is not; yet the girls love each other as sisters, the bond between them so strong it seems nothing can break it. When both are pushed into arranged marriages, however, each discovers a devastating secret that changes their relationship forever.

Sister of My Heart spans many years and zigzags between India and America as the cousins first grow apart and then eventually reunite. Divakaruni invests this domestic drama with poetry as she traces her heroines' lives from infancy to motherhood, but it is Sudha and Anju who give the story its backbone. Anju might speak for both when she says, "In spite of all my insecurities, in spite of the oceans that'll be between us soon and the men that are between us already, I can never stop loving Sudha. It's my habit, and it's my fate." Book lovers may well discover that reading Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is habit-forming as well. --Margaret Prior

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