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 Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Cheerfulness

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right here

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. pizza

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