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, One Amazing Thing, and Before We Visit the Goddess. 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 greatest achievement?

A. My 2 sons (works in progress)

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I like being myself. Maybe just slimmer, with a few less wrinkles.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

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

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I appreciate all my blessings

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