Before we visit the goddess : a novel / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
Booklist Reviews 2016 March #1
*Starred Review* The always enchanting and enlightening Divakaruni (Oleander Girl, 2013) spins another silken yet tensile saga about the lives of women in India and as immigrants in America. Sabitri has left Kolkata and her famous sweetshop behind to return to her childhood village, where her panicked daughter, Bela, reaches her from Houston. Distraught over her daughter's decision to drop out of college, Bela wants Sabitri to write to her granddaughter, whom she has never met, and tell Tara why this is a terrible mistake. Reluctantly Sabitri picks up her pen and is soon flooded with memories of herself at that age, a servant's daughter who dared to dream of college. Gliding back and forth across the decades and dramatizing in every episode a life-changing encounter, Divakaruni tells each rebellious and stoic woman's heartrending story of risk-all passion, crushing disappointment, disastrous misunderstandings, and deep wells of strength. Sabitri is a warrior. Bela barely survives a baffling childhood of privilege, malevolence, and loss, then faces shocking realities after her precipitous elopement to America. Pierced, irascible, and intrepid, Tara brings exuberant and compassionate comedy to her chaotic quest for a meaningful life. Divakaruni's gracefully insightful, dazzlingly descriptive, and covertly stinging tale illuminates the opposition women must confront, generation by generation, as they seek both independence and connection. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2015 November #2
Sparkling writer's writer Divakaruni, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Mistress of Spices, offers a new novel featuring a poor baker's daughter in India, named Sabitri, who dreams the impossible dream of obtaining a college education. A powerful woman from Kolkata decides to help, but one swerve from what's expected lands Sabitri in trouble, and we see the consequences years later for her daughter and granddaughter.[Page 63]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.