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The Tree Bride:
A Novel

By Bharati Mukherjee

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ISBN 10: 0786888660
304 pages

Now in paperback, from award-winning writer Bharati Mukherjee, the acclaimed novel that bridges modern America and historical India.

National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Bharati Mukherjee has long been known not only for her elegant, evocative prose, but also for her vivid characters — influenced by ancient customs and traditions but also very much rooted in modern times.

According to legend, at the age of five Tara Lata married a tree and eventually emerged as a nationalist freedom fighter. In piecing together her ancestor’s transformation from a docile Bengali Brahmin girl-child into an impassioned organizer of resistance against the British Raj, the contemporary narrator Tara discovers and lays claim to unacknowledged elements in her “American” identity. Although the story of the Tree Bride is central, the drama surrounding the narrator, a divorced woman trying to reconcile with her husband, moves the novel back and forth through time and across continents.


The Tree Bride occasionally recalls the work of Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges . . . when we arrive at the tree bride’s life story, we drink it down with all the pride and curiosity of this book’s lost but found heroine.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Mukherjee is a master at creating magical, mysterious stories.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“In this vibrant novel, her best work to date, the author has fused history, mysticism, treachery, and enduring love in a suspenseful story about the lingering effects of past secrets.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Mukherjee is a virtuoso.” —Booklist (starred review)

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