The Unknown Errors of Our Lives by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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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. 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. 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.


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About Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Divakaruni's first book in the Brotherhood of the Conch series, The Conch Bearer, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Booklist Editors' Choice. She currently lives in Texas. Susy Pilgrim Waters is an illustrator, designer, and painter. Susy lives in Boston with her husband, Keith, their dog, Tillie, two cats, and two bunnies. They have two grown children.
 
Published August 13, 2002 by Anchor. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the best piece here, "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter," a widow living with her son's family in suburban Sunnyvale struggles to write a glowing account of her new life to a friend back home.

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The female protagonists of eight of the nine stories in Divakaruni's sensuously evocative new collection are caught between the beliefs and traditions of their Indian heritage and those of their, or t

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Equally excellent is ""The Names of Stars in Bengali,"" the beautifully nuanced story of a San Francisco wife and mother who returns to her native village in India to visit her mother, in which each understands afresh the emotional dislocation caused by stepping into ""a time machine called immig...

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There is so much humanity, so many poignant moments in the stories in this collection by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, that each one feels like it carries the weight of a century's worth of knowledge about some aspect of the human spirit, tradition, dedication, commitment, and the love for things g...

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