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

BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP
Talk, Q&A, Signing
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
APR 19
WARWICK'S
Talk, Q&A, Signing
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
APR 25
VROMAN'S BOOKSTORE / BOOK SOUP
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
APR 26
PAGES: A BOOKSTORE
In Conversation with Lisa See
904 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
APR 26

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Imagine, Let It Be, Hotel California, any bhajans (spiritual songs) by M.S. Subbulakshmi, sacred Sanskrit chants

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Amazing (I happen to find a lot of things amazing--maybe that's why my blog is titled Amazing Things))

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The Rani of Jhansi, an Indian freedom fighter

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

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

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