Oleander Girl

Oleander Girl

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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.

Beloved bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Abraham Verghese as a "gifted storyteller" and by People magazine as a "skilled cartographer of the heart." Now, Divakaruni returns with her most gripping novel yet, a sweeping, suspenseful coming-of-age tale about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life.

THOUGH SHE WAS ORPHANED AT BIRTH, the wild and headstrong Korobi Roy has enjoyed a privileged childhood with her adoring grandparents, spending her first seventeen years sheltered in a beautiful, crumbling old mansion in Kolkata. But despite all that her grandparents have done for her, she is troubled by the silence that surrounds the circumstances of her parents' death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found, years ago, hidden in a book of poetry that had belonged to her mother. As she grows, Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents', and it seems her wish has finally come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family.

Shortly after their engagement, however, a sudden heart attack kills Korobi's grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi's past. Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents' betrayal, Korobi decides to undertake a courageous search across post-9/11 America to find her true identity. Her dramatic, often startling journey will ultimately thrust her into the most difficult decision of her life.

With flawless narrative instinct and a boundless sympathy for her irrepressible characters, in Oleander Girl Divakaruni brings us a perfect treat of a novel-- moving, wise, and unforgettable. As The Wall Street Journal raves, "Divakaruni emphasizes the cathartic force of storytelling with sumptuous prose. . . . She defies categorization."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451695656
Branch Call Number: DIVAKARUNI
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 24 cm

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Eil_1
Jun 04, 2016

An excellent story intertwining Hindu/Indian culture with romance, dark secrets and a young woman's search for the parent she never knew. Her quest takes her from India to the U.S. where she discovers her true reality.

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jknekola
Nov 12, 2015

A very well-told story! Many stories going on at the same time that ultimately come together. Lots of detail. Each major character speaks on events from their own point of view, so that you can read a chapter in small chunks and see things from multiple points of view. I read a lot of fiction; this one is very satisfying because it's not watered down or unrealistic. Gives one a feel of what a society is like where women are not equal to men. Highly recommend.

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readerincedar
May 03, 2015

This tale totally captivated me; I could not put it down. I highly recommend it, and will be searching for Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's previous works.

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