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A powerful new novel by bestselling author and poet Chitra Divakaruni, whose most recent novel, Oleander Girl, was an Oprah’s Book Club recommendation and earned praise as “emotionally compelling” (Wall Street Journal), “beautiful [and] complex” (Library Journal starred review).
Divakaruni returns with a beautiful new novel about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another. Before We Visit the Goddess is a masterful 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.
Chitra Divakaruni is the author of Oleander Girl, Sister of My Heart, the story collection Arranged Marriage, and the middle-grade novel The Conch Bearer, among many others. Her work has received national and international acclaim, including two Pushcart Prizes, the American Book Award, and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award. Born in Kolkata, India, she now lives in Houston.
Author photo by Murthy Divakaruni