Arranged Marriage: Stories

From the story of a young bride whose fairy-tale vision of california is shattered when her husband is murdered and she must face the future on her own, to a proud middle-aged divorced woman determined to succeed in San Francisco, Divakaruni's award-winning poetry fuses here with prose for the first time to create eleven devastating portraits of women on the verge of an unforgettable transformation.

. Although chitra divakaruni's poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" Ms. That is quickly making her one of the brightest rising stars in the changing face of American literature. Arranged marriage, her first collection of stories, spent five weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and garnered critical acclaim that would have been extraordinary for even a more established author.

For the young girls and women brought to life in these stories, of starting anew, the possibility of change, is both as terrifying and filled with promise as the ocean that separates them from their homes in India.

The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids

Robbins tackles hard-hitting issues such as the student and teacher cheating epidemic, the black market for study drugs, over-testing, sports rage, and a college admissions process so cutthroat that some students are driven to depression and suicide because of a B. In this increasingly stressful environment, kids aren't defined by their character or hunger for knowledge, but by often arbitrary scores and statistics.

They're dog-eat-dog battlegrounds in which kids must set aside interests and passions in order to strategize over how to game the system. Even the earliest years of schooling have become insanely competitive, as Robbins learned when she gained unprecedented access into the inner workings of a prestigious Manhattan kindergarten admissions office.

And most of all, you have to appear to be happy. Cj, age seventeen High school isn't what it used to be. Hyperion Books. You have to constantly be out on the town partying, and then you have to get straight As. You have to be the most athletic, you have to be able to have the most fun, you have to be the prettiest, the best dressed, the nicest, the most wanted.

During the year of her ten-year reunion, robbins returns to her high school, who struggles with perfectionism; and the stealth overachiever, a soccer and lacrosse captain whose ambition threatens her popular girl status; Sam, who grapples with horrifying parental pressure to succeed; Taylor, a track and academic star who is terrified she's making the wrong choices; "AP" Frank, who worries his years of overachieving will be wasted if he doesn't attend a name-brand college; Audrey, including CJ and others: Julie, where she follows students, a mystery junior who flies under the radar.

You can't just be the smartest.

Unaccustomed Earth Vintage Contemporaries

Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, fathers and mothers, friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of the heart and mind.

Vintage. Hyperion Books. These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life.

The Palace of Illusions: A Novel

Vintage. Hyperion Books. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna—or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy—as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate. Taking us back to a time that is half history, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharata, half myth and wholly magical, as she weaves a vibrant retelling of an ancient epic saga.

Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war.

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Great product! Kingston’s sense of self emerges in the mystifying gaps in these stories, which she learns to fill with stories of her own. A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her family’s past and her own present. First published in 1976, chinese, female, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identities—immigrant, American.

As a girl, kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother’s “talk stories. The fierce and wily women warriors of her mother’s tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. Hyperion Books.

In her award-winning book the woman warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston created an entirely new form—an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. Vintage.

Sister of My Heart: A Novel

Vintage. Hyperion Books. Bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend, the two girls grow into womanhood as if their fates as well as their hearts were merged. But, when sudha learns a dark family secret, that connection is shattered. Her cousin sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family.

Anju goes to america with her new husband and learns to live her own life of secrets. Sudha becomes the dutiful daughter-in-law of a rigid small-town household. Urged into arranged marriages, Sudha and Anju's lives take opposite turns. When tragedy strikes each of them, however, they discover that despite distance and marriage, they have only each other to turn to.

Great product! Set in the two worlds of san francisco and india, this exceptionally moving novel tells a story at once familiar and exotic, seducing readers from the first page with the lush prose we have come to expect from Divakaruni. Romance. Despite those differences, since the day on which the two girls were born, the same day their fathers died--mysteriously and violently--Sudha and Anju have been sisters of the heart.

Fiction. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Sister of my heart is a novel destined to become as widely beloved as it is acclaimed.

I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops

Vintage. Since the U. S. Great product! Stylistically diverse, her stories are often about the shifting and ambiguous power relationships between different cultures--as well as between men and women. Romance. Fiction. Often compared to both margaret atwood and Margaret Drabble, Hanan al-Shaykh is "a gifted and courageous writer" Middle Eastern International.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. In these seventeen short stories--eleven of which are appearing in English for the first time--al-Shaykh expands her horizons beyond the boundaries of Lebanon, to Africa, taking us throughout the Middle East, and finally to London. Hyperion Books. Publication of women of sand and myrrh--which has now sold more than 35, 000 copies and was selected as one of the Fifty Best Books of 1992 by Publishers Weekly--Hanan al-Shaykh has attracted an ever larger following for her dazzling tales of contemporary Arab women.


The Forest of Enchantments

Vintage. Great product! A powerful comment on duty, as chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, infidelity and honour, it is also about women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, betrayal, contemporary battle of wills. While the ramayana resonates even today, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, she makes it more relevant than ever, 'Enough!' Hyperion Books.

The forest of enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, Surpanakha, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Mandodari. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita's version. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Romance. The ramayana, one of the world's greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. Fiction.

Breath, Eyes, Memory

Great product! Soho Press. Romance. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Fiction. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence. In her stunning literary debut, danticat evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti—and the enduring strength of Haiti’s women—with vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people’s suffering and courage.

Hyperion Books. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti—to the women who first reared her. Vintage. The 20th anniversary edition of edwidge danticat's groundbreaking debut, now an established classic--revised and with a new introduction by the author, and including extensive bonus materialsAt the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished Haitian village to New York to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers.


The Unknown Errors of Our Lives: Stories

Short Stories. Romance. Fiction. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Hyperion Books. Dutta Writes a Letter. In “the intelligence of wild things, ” a woman from Sacramento visits her brother in Vermont to inform him that back in Calcutta their mother is dying. Soho Press. And in the title story, a painter looks to ancient myth and the example of her grandmother for help in navigating her first real crisis of faith.

Knowing, compassionate and expertly rendered, the stories in The Unknown Errors of Our Lives depict the eternal struggle to find a balance between the pull of home and the allure of change. In nine poignant stories spiked with humor and intelligence, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni captures lives at crossroad moments–caught between past and present, home and abroad, tradition and fresh experience.

A widow in california, recently arrived from India, struggles to adapt to a world in which neighbors are strangers and her domestic skills are deemed superfluous in the award-winning “Mrs. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Vintage. Great product! .

Interpreter of Maladies

With a new introduction from the author for the twentieth anniversary Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this stunning debut collection unerring charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Soho Press. Fiction. In stories that travel from india to America and back again, Lahiri speaks with universal eloquence to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Short Stories. Romance. Great product! Great product! Hyperion Books. Vintage.