Before we visit the goddess : a novel / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spies about 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"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      43
    • ISBN:
      9781476792002
      1476792003
    • Accession Number:
      2015041714
    • Accession Number:
      neos.7466190
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DIVAKARUNI, C. B. Before we visit the goddess : a novel. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. [s. l.]: Simon & Schuster, 2016. ISBN 9781476792002. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.7466190&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 29 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Divakaruni CB. Before We Visit the Goddess : A Novel. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon & Schuster; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.7466190&custid=s3443875. Accessed May 29, 2020.
    • APA:
      Divakaruni, C. B. (2016). Before we visit the goddess : a novel (First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.). Simon & Schuster.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. 2016. Before We Visit the Goddess : A Novel. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon & Schuster. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.7466190&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Divakaruni, C. B. (2016) Before we visit the goddess : a novel. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon & Schuster. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.7466190&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 29 May 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Divakaruni, CB 2016, Before we visit the goddess : a novel, First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition., Simon & Schuster, viewed 29 May 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Before We Visit the Goddess : A Novel. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition., Simon & Schuster, 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.7466190&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Before We Visit the Goddess : A Novel. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon & Schuster, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.7466190&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Divakaruni CB. Before we visit the goddess : a novel [Internet]. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon & Schuster; 2016 [cited 2020 May 29]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.7466190&custid=s3443875

Reviews

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.

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