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Desirable Daughters: A Novel

By Bharati Mukherjee

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ISBN 10: 0786885157
320 pages
$13.95US
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From one of our most respected writers of fiction comes a stirring novel of three women, two continents, and a perilous journey from the old world to the new.

At the heart of this remarkable new novel by the award-winning author of The Middleman and Other Stories and Jasmine are issues of culture, identity, and familial loyalty. Comparable to The Joy Luck Club in its honest portrayal of the American immigrant experience, Desirable Daughters follows the diverging paths taken by three Calcutta-born sisters as they come of age in a changing world.

Tara, Padma, and Parvati were born into a wealthy Brahmin family presided over by their doting father and his traditionalist mother. Intelligent and artistic, the girls are nevertheless constrained by a society with little regard for women. Their subsequent rebellion will lead them in different directions, to different continents, and through different circumstances that strain yet ultimately strengthen their relationship.

Moving effortlessly between generations, Mukherjee weaves together fascinating stories of the sisters’ ancestors, their childhood memories, and dramatic scenes from India’s history.

Reviews

“A novel of grace and shrewd intellect and a page turner.” —St. Paul Pioneer Press

“A beautiful piece of literary fiction on its own.” —Chicago Tribune

“Mukherjee has emerged as an exemplary author” —Washington Post

“Her most thoughtful, emotionally detailed book yet.” —New York Times

“Lyrical and insightful, sharing observations about family that apply to almost all cultures.” —USA Today

“Multicultural reality limned by Bharati Mukherjee with aculty, humor, and warmth” —Newsday

“Its real drama lies in the way the three sisters reconcile themselves to clashing values” —Time Out NY

“Evocative, richly layered sixth novel.” —Elle Magazine

“A beautifully written family story of the eternal pull of ancient Indian tradition on even the most contemporary of lives.” –William Kennedy

“Mukherjee is writing achingly compassionate, ravishingly beautiful, absolutely essential books. And Desirable Daughters is one of her best.” –Robert Olen Butler

Desirable Daughters, with its broadband vision of history and geography, is [Mukherjee’s] finest novel so far.” –Russell Banks

“Explores the continuum between tradition and change as it chips away at superficialities to reach the core of human experience.” —Booklist

“A nice hybrid, combining the suspense of a good thriller with the atmosphere and texture of a family epic.” —Kirkus

“The highlight of her career to date . . . she bursts out as a star.” —Publishers’ Weekly

“Bharati Mukherjee has written a rich and suspenseful novel in Desirable Daughters, a beautifully written family story of the eternal pull of ancient Indian tradition on even the most contemporary of lives.  She is a splendid writer.” –William Kennedy

“In a world increasingly challenged and defined by the collision of cultures, the collision of past ways and present ways, Bharati Mukherjee is writing achingly compassionate, ravishingly beautiful, absolutely essential books.  And Desirable Daughters is one of her best.”  –Robert Olen Butler

“Bharati Mukherjee has long been one of our best, most concentrated writers, and  Desirable Daughters, with its broadband vision of history and geography, is her finest novel so far.” –Russell Banks

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