The Mistress of Spices (Paperback)

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A classic work of magical realism, this bestselling novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakarunitells the story of Tilo, a young womanfrom another timewho has a gift for the mysticalart of spices.
Now immortal, and living in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman, she's set up shop inOakland, California, where she administers curatives to her customers.But when she's surprised by an unexpected romancewith ahandsome stranger, she mustchoose between everlasting life and the vicissitudes of modern society.Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy, sorrow, and one special woman's magical powers.

About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the bestselling author of the novels Sister of My Heart" "and The Mistress of Spices; the story collections The Unknown Errors of Our Lives" "and Arranged Marriage," "which received several awards, including the American Book Award; and four collections of prize-winning poetry. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., Zoetrope, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Best American Short Stories 1999, "and "The New York Times. "Born in India, Divakaruni lives near Houston.

For further information about Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, visit her Web site at

Praise For…

"An unusual, clever, and often exquisite first novel...The result is rather as if Isabel Allende met Laura Esquivel."
--Los Angeles Times

"Divakaruni's prose is so pungent that it stains the page, yet beneath the sighs and smells of this brand of magic realism she deftly introduces her true theme: how an ability to accommodate desire enlivens not only the individual heart but a society cornered by change."
--The New Yorker

"The Mistress of Spices is a dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, hopes and expectations, woven with poetry and storyteller magic."
--Amy Tan

"A splendid novel, beautifully conceived and crafted."
--Pat Conroy

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385482387
ISBN-10: 0385482388
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: February 13th, 1998
Pages: 352
Language: English