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Before We Visit the Goddess: A NovelHardcover – April 19, 2016 by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 

From the Publisher.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, unforgiveable 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.

 

 

What are you reading? Are you participating in Dewey’ s 24 hr Readathon?

My husband and daughter were sweet enough to bring me some sweets, a Zero bar, which is my favorite candy bar! That will be my next snack.

 

The cats are still holding steady, lounging next to me in Bed, where my broken ankle is propped up again. I sat outside for a while and enjoyed the mild weather. I’m having an excellent readathon day. How about you?

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