By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Even supposing Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has gained compliment and awards for a few years, it really is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that's fast making her one of many brightest emerging stars within the altering face of yank literature. Arranged Marriage, her first number of tales, spent 5 weeks at the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller record and garnered serious acclaim that may were remarkable for even a extra demonstrated author.

For the younger women and girls dropped at existence in those tales, the potential of swap, of beginning anew, is either as terrifying and choked with promise because the ocean that separates them from their houses in India. From the tale of a tender bride whose fairy-tale imaginative and prescient of California is shattered while her husband is murdered and he or she needs to face the long run on her personal, to a proud middle-aged divorced girl made up our minds to reach San Francisco, Divakaruni's award-winning poetry fuses right here with prose for the 1st time to create 11 devastating photos of girls at the verge of an unforgettable transformation.

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Mrs. Sands had to pry it out of her hand. ” Mrs. Sands said. Doree said, “Her,” and jerked her head at the closed door. ” “When you’re down is when they’ll try to get at you,” Doree said, and then realized this was something her mother had said when some ladies with a similar message came to visit her in the hospital. ” Mrs. Sands sighed. ” “Not even possible,” Doree said. ” They never spoke of Lloyd in those days. Doree never thought of him if she could help it, and then only as if he were some terrible accident of nature.

But think. Aren’t I just as cut off by what happened as he is? Nobody who knew about it would want me around. All I can do is remind people of what nobody can stand to be reminded of. Disguise wasn’t possible, not really. That crown of yellow spikes was pathetic. So she found herself travelling on the bus again, heading down the highway. She remembered those nights right after her mother had died, when she would sneak out to meet Lloyd, lying to her mother’s friend, the woman she was staying with, about where she was going.

You can see in their faces all their bruises and pains. They are troubled. They rush around. They have to shop and go to the laundromat and get their hair cut and earn a living or pick up their welfare checks. The poor ones have to do that and the rich ones have to look hard for the best ways to spend their money. That is work too. They have to build the best houses with gold faucets for their hot and cold water. And their Audis and magical toothbrushes and all possible contraptions and then burglar alarms to protect against slaughter and all (neigh) neither rich nor poor have any peace in their souls.

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