June 01, 2016

#Review of Before We Visit the Goddess by @cdivakaruni

 
 
A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spicesabout three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another—a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love.

The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family’s situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgivable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover—but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she’d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.

In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas—an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of voices.
 





Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of sixteen books, including Oleander GirlThe Mistress of SpicesSister of My HeartPalace 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.



This was a wonderful story about friendships, mothers, daughters, and heritage.
This one started out meh but then picked up and was wonderful.  By 4 chapters in I was enveloped into the story and just couldn't put it down.  This was an inspirational story that everyone should pick up.  I felt for each character and I don't think I could have gone through what they did. 








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