Before We visit the Goddess, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
Before We visit the Goddess, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Simon & Schuster, 2016. 224 pages. FORTHCOMING
Another wise and warm novel about mothers and daughters in India and in the USA by a deservedly popular Indian writer.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni was born in Calcutta and came to the United States for graduate school. She has written several novels, often focusing on the pain and love between women in families. They have received wide readership and awards. She also teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.
Divakaruntis’s new book follows the stories of a grandmother, mother, and daughter. Each breaks with her mother, moves out of her family and encounters crises alone. Each experiences loneliness, only to discover eventually the ties that bind the three generations of women together. The strength of the novel is in Divkaruni’s powerful portrayal of the women’s shifting thoughts and emotions.
While I might quibble with some of the stylistic choices Divakaruni makes, I always enjoy her books. All of them are wise and well-written and center on the relationships between women in family settings.
I recommend them enthusiastically to other readers.
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Thanks to Eddelweiss and Simon and Schuster for sending me a digital copy of this book to review.