"Queen Of Dreams"
Chitra has always gotten rave reviews and these are, without
a doubt, the best of her career. There is also a starred PW
review and interview on the way and below you will find the
early raves from booksellers.
"Divakaruni's socially and psychologically precise fiction
always possesses a mystical dimension, whether overtly, as in
of Spices, or poetically, as in The
Vine of Desire, a beguiling and inspiriting trait
she shares with Alice Hoffman, albiet from a Hindu perspective.
Now Divakaruni's signature fusion of the realistic and the cosmic
achieves a new intensity in her most riveting and politically
searing novel to date." - Booklist,
"Poet and novelist Divakaruni stirs up a tasty curry that's
half-mystery,half fantasy in a clever tale of a young woman
trying to sort out the mystery of her mother's death-and life.
Richly textured and artfully told through the varied perspecitves
of believable characters."
There are more than a half-million copies in print of Chitra
Divakaruni's highly acclaimed, award-winning novels. In her
luminous, signature style she captures women caught between
worlds and unravels the mysteries of love and identity. The
Seattle Times praised Chitra as "a brilliant
storyteller;" The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
lauded her as "an expressive interpreter of the immigrant
experience;" and The San Diego
Union-Tribune called her work "dazzling and
powerful." In her latest book, QUEEN
OF DREAMS (Doubleday; On-Sale: September 14, 2004),
Chitra spins a spellbinding tale of mother and daughter, of
past and present, and of dream time and waking time.
All her life Rakhi struggled to unearth stories of her mother's
life in India and the magical dreamworld she had the power to
inhabit, stories her mother kept hidden for reasons Rakhi failed
to comprehend. It is not until after her mother's mysterious
death that she is given a glimpse into this other world. Through
the dream journals, and only with her father's help, Rakhi is
able to gain access to her mother's past and the sacrifices
she made to hold on to her gift and protect her family. In the
shadows of September 11, Rakhi and her friends find themselves
face to face with brutal attackers, adding new and threatening
complexities to the heritage that she has tried so hard to understand.
This changing world forces Rakhi to unveil the hidden truths
about her own life, the mistakes she made, and her unresolved
Chitra's award-winning novel, The Mistress
of Spices, is being produced by Bend
it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, and former
Miss World and popular Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai is lined
up to star in the film.
QUEEN OF DREAMS is Chitra
Divakaruni at her best-illuminating the immigrant experience,
the complexities of family, love, and the sensual and spiritual
lives of women trying to find their way in a fractured world.