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This is an auction for THE MISTRESS OF SPICES by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Booklist (US) review:

"Daivakaruni's debut story collection inspired high praise, and THE MISTRESS OF SPICES, which uses romance as a conduit to explore more serious matters of the soul, will win her even greater acclaim. Mythical and mystical, THE MISTRESS OF SPICES is reminiscent of fables and fairy tales. It revolves around the age-old magic of spices, which are imbued with powers as complexly spiritual as India itself, the birthplace of Divakaruni and her heroine, Tilo. Clairvoyant from birth, Tilo eagerly learns the secrets of spices and becomes, in essence, a nun, wedded to these miraculous substances and devoted to the art of healing. She works her gentle magic in a tiny, rundown shop in Oakland, California, hidden within the body of an old woman. The spices are harsh taskmasters, and Tilo's life is limited until she becomes involved in the lives of her troubled customers. She falls in love with Raven, the quintessential romantic hero - dashing, handsome, rich, and brooding - but Raven actually embodies nothing less than the great spirit of the American Indian. As the wild story of their unlikely ardour unfolds, Divakaruni draws evocative parallels between the racism and violence immigrants from India face in the U.S. and the tragic conquest of Native Americans. The story Divakaruni tells is transporting, but it is her gift for metaphor that makes this novel live and breathe, its pages as redolent as any freshly ground spice."

Paperback 1997.

317 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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