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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of many books, including The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

Photograph by Murthy Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of many books, including The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

Photograph by Murthy Divakaruni

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Oleander Girl by Chitra Divakaruni

From the bestselling author of One Amazing Thing, a sweeping, suspenseful, atmospheric coming-of-age novel about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Chitra  Banerjee Divakaruni
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Ancora Imparo--Still I am Learning (from Michelangelo)

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Cheerfulness

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Peace of mind. And lots of dark chocolate that doesn't make you gain weight.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I like Elizabeth in Pride & Prejudice. She has intelligence & spirit.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Integrity, hard work, calmness

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