Before We Visit the Goddess

Before We Visit the Goddess

Large Print - 2016
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"[A] 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 1410492109 (lg. print / hardcover)
9781410492104 (lg. print / hardcover)
Branch Call Number: LP FIC DIVAKARUNI
Characteristics: 357 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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A novel in stories, built around crucial moments in the lives of 3 generations of women in an Indian/Indian-American Family.

A new novel from the author of Oleander Girl, a novel in stories, built around crucial moments in the lives of 3 generations of women in an Indian/Indian-American Family.


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brangwinn
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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