Before We Visit the Goddess

Before We Visit the Goddess

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"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, 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"--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781476792002
Characteristics: 210 pages ;,25 cm.


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Dec 23, 2019

Ever since reading The palace of illusions, I have been an ardent fan of Divakuruni. There is something about her writing that makes the women in her novels so strong yet so fragile. I almost feel a tug in me during her books; in a way sympathizing and trying to draw parallels with one's own lives. This one, written about three generations of women in a family, is just beautiful. I love how it keeps going back and forth and reveals moments of crucial importance in the right sequence. I love how when writing about each woman, you feel like she is the centre most important character in this book. I do not know if one can enjoy this book only if they came from an Indian immigrant background but yes, that just makes it easier to relate perhaps.

A lovely read indeed!

Oct 24, 2017

Focusing on three generations of women, Divakaruni’s novel moves from Bengal India to the United States. Each generation must discover the strength within themselves to be successful and happy. Sabitri, grew up in rural Bengal. She is given the chance to go to college to become a teacher. She marries and becomes the dutiful Indian wife. On her husband’s death, she is forced to create a way to survive for both she and her daughter. Bela, the daughter, runs away to America to marry a man Sabitri doesn’t like. Her daughter, Tara, continues the cycle of unhappiness before finding happiness, and reconciliation with her mother.

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