Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of sixteen books, including Oleander Girl, The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, Palace of Illusions, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times, and has won, among other prizes, an American Book Award. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and is the McDavid professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Photograph by Murthy Divakaruni

Books by this Author

Before We Visit the Goddess
Oleander Girl
The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming
Full-Blooded Fantasy
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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.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Appearances

265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
JUN 22
Ernest Hemingway Museum
Talk, Q&A, Signing
Oak Park Arts Center
200 N Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
JUL 16
2559 North Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
JUL 17
Morning Blend
JUL 18
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Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That one day I'll get to my computer, and I won't be able to write anymore

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I hate it when people throw away food--I've seen too many hungry people

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I appreciate all my blessings

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm too careful with money--comes out of being poor for several years while growing up

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