The Binding Vine by Shashi Deshpande

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This moving and exquisitely crafted novel renders visible the extraordinary endurance and grace concealed in women’s everyday lives. The lives of three women who are "haunted by fears, secrets, and deep grief" (Washington Post) are bound together by strands of life and hope—a binding vine of love, concern, and connection that spreads across chasms of time, social class, and even death. The Baltimore Sun declared the novel, "Chekhovian . . . Deshpande’s story of a woman who loses a daughter is linked to the politics of India and its tradition of patriarchy."


About Shashi Deshpande

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Deshpande is one of India's most distinguished and critically acclaimed women writers.
Published October 14, 2000 by Penguin. 209 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Veteran Indian author Deshpande's second novel to be published here is not a huge improvement over the first (A Matter of Time, 1999).

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