The Vine of Desire by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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The beloved characters of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s bestselling novel Sister of My Heart are reunited in this powerful narrative that challenges the emotional bond between two lifelong friends, as the husband of one becomes dangerously attracted to the other.
Anju and Sudha formed an astounding, almost psychic connection during their childhood in India. When Anju invites Sudha, a single mother in Calcutta, to come live with her and her husband, Sunil, in California, Sudha foolishly accepts, knowing full well that Sunil has long desired her. As Sunil’s attraction rises to the surface, the trio must struggle to make sense of the freedoms of America–and of the ties that bind them to India and to one another.

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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 May 20, 2003 by Anchor. 384 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sudha, distressed to observe that Anju and Sunil are unhappy, is even more distressed when Sunil tries to kiss her.

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This exquisitely rendered tale of passion, jealousy and redemption continues the extraordinary relationship between Anjou and Sudha, the two exceptional women at the heart of Divakaruni's praised Sister of My Heart.

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Book Reporter

Complications arise when Anju's husband's Sunil discovers he is still deeply attracted to Sudha, whom he met on the night of his marriage to Anju.

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Entertainment Weekly

Childhood friends Anju and Sudha — who first appeared in the 1999 novel Sister of My Heart — are reunited under difficult circumstances: Anju and her husband, Sunil, now settled in California's Bay Area, are still shaken from a recent miscarriage when newly separated Sudha flees Calcutta with...

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When Sudha and her baby daughter come from India to live with them in California after Sudha's difficult divorce, the delicate balance between the three is soon upended, with tragic results.

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India Today

Sudha, seeking a measure of self-worth, trying to assuage loneliness, succumbs to Sunil's need for her and then flees from home, cousin and cousin's husband to be a nurse-maid to an old and ailing man.

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