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The Mistress Of Spices By Chitra Divakaruni

The Mistress Of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni

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Summary

To those customers who visit her Indian spice shop in Oakland, California, Tilo dispenses wisdom and the appropriate spice: coriander for sight, tumeric for wrinkles, and fenugreek to make a rejected wife desirable. However Tilo's powers are conditional - they vanish the moment she falls in love.

The Mistress Of Spices Summary

The Mistress Of Spices: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize by Chitra Divakaruni

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

'A dazzling tale... woven with poetry and storyteller magic.' AMY TAN

Tilo, an immigrant from India, runs a spice shop in Oakland, California. While she supplies the ingredients for curries and kormas, she also dispenses wisdom and the appropriate spice: for Tilo is a Mistress of Spices, a priestess of the secret magical powers of spices.

To those who visit her shop, Tilo prescribes coriander for the restoration of sight, chilli for the cleansing of evil, fenugreek for the pain of rejection. But when a lonely American ventures into the store, a troubled Tilo cannot find the correct spice, for he arouses in her a forbidden desire - which if she follows will destroy her magical powers.

Compelling and lyrical, full of heady scents and with more than a touch of humour, this novel explores the clash between East and West even as it unveils the universal mysteries of the human heart.

'I felt excited and empowered by the way she used words' NAOMI ALDERMAN, author of THE POWER

'Unusual, clever, and often exquisite' LA Times
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The Mistress Of Spices Reviews

A dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, hopes and expectations, woven with poetry and storyteller magic. -- Amy Tan
I read Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's novel The Mistress of Spices and felt excited and empowered by the way she used words * Guardian *
An unusual, clever, and often exquisite first novel...The result is rather as if Isabel Allende met Laura Esquivel. * Los Angeles Times *
A splendid novel, beautifully conceived and crafted. -- Pat Conroy
Mythical and mystical, Mistress of Spices is reminiscent of fables and fairy tales. . . . 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. * Booklist *

About Chitra Divakaruni

Born in India, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni lives near San Francisco with her husband and two children. She teaches creative writing at a local college, and is the coordinator for a helpline for South Asian women. She is the author of several award-winning volumes of poetry, as well as Arranged Marriage, her acclaimed collection of short stories, a bestseller in America and winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for fiction, an American Book Award, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for fiction. She is also the author of two novels, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart.

Additional information

GOR000347219
9780552996709
055299670X
The Mistress Of Spices: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize by Chitra Divakaruni
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
1998-02-05
336
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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