Anju is the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family of distinction. Her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family. Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not. Despite those differences, since the day on which the two girls were born, the same day their fathers died mysteriously and violently Sudha and Anju have been sisters of the heart. Bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend, the two girls grow into womanhood as if their fates as well as their hearts were merged.
But, when Sudha learns a dark family secret, that connection is shattered. For the first time in their lives, the girls know what it is to feel suspicion and distrust. Urged into arranged marriages, Sudha and Anju's lives take opposite turns. Sudha becomes the dutiful daughter-in-law of a rigid small-town household. Anju goes to America with her new husband and learns to live her own life of secrets. When tragedy strikes each of them, however, they discover that despite distance and marriage, they have only each other to turn to.
Set in the two worlds of San Francisco and India, this exceptionally moving novel tells a story at once familiar and exotic, seducing listeners from the first page with the lush prose we have come to expect from Divakaruni. Sister of My Heart is a novel destined to become as widely beloved as it is acclaimed.
About the Author
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of many books, including "Before We Visit the Goddess", "Oleander Girl", "The Mistress of Spices", "Sister of My Heart", and "One Amazing Thing." Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker", " The Atlantic Monthly", and "The New York Times." Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.
Julia Whelan, a former child actress best known for her award-winning work on ABC's "Once and Again", has won multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and was named one of "AudioFile" magazine's Best Voices of 2010. Her "flawless" narration of Jandy Nelson's "The Sky Is Everywhere" earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album.
"An inspired and imaginative raconteur, Divakaruni is sure to engender comparisons with Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things), but Divakaruni's novel stands in its own right as a compelling read." Publishers Weekly Starred Review