Oleander Girl Reviews
"Starred Review. From baneful secrets, poisonous misunderstandings and conflicts, and transcendent love, Divakaruni has forged another tender, wise, and resonant page-turner." - Booklist
"Starred Review. Exploring the United States and India in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Divakaruni has crafted a beautiful, complex story in which caste, class, religion, and race are significant factors informing people's world views." - Library Journal
"Divakaruni is not at her best here, and has given us a read best suited for the beach or conversion into a daytime television show." - Publishers Weekly
"Like an Indian Maeve Binchy, Divakaruni offers an entertaining if lightweight comfort read." - Kirkus
"Oleander Girl is elegant and classic, but also vivid and immediate. Love and loss and secrets collide in this powerful story of the way we live now. There is poetry on these pages, but also the burning-on-both-ends urgency of a page turner. Gorgeous and exciting, this is a wonderful novel." - Tayari Jones bestselling author of The Silver Sparrow
"When you think of thrilling page turners, you don't usually think of fluid, graceful prose. But that's what you'll find in Oleander Girl...Chitra Divakaruni is such an elegant writer, one who makes the reader feel not only engaged and entertained, but a bit elevated, too. I've been a fan of Divakaruni's work for a long time; this book keeps me one." - Elizabeth Berg New York Times bestselling author of Tapestry of Fortunes
"Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's new novel, Oleander Girl, is...a showcase for the best-selling author's ability to maintain her signature, beautifully-crafted prose while creating a complex set of deceptions, ruses, and lies, exposing the dark side of human nature....Skillfully crafted, the novel is a bouquet of collisions that illustrate how choices we make affect more than just ourselves. The past and present clash, as do secrets and truths, needs and wants, old and new India, East and West, wise and unwise decisions. Subplots span two continents and families, and double back on themselves." - India Currents
"A many-faceted story of discovery...Oleander Girl is part mystery, part search, but mostly the story of a young girl finding herself and deciding where she belongs." - Seattle Times
Oleander Girl will keep you captivated from the very first chapter....The twists and turns to the story will make you want to read it in one sitting. Beautifully written. As an author, Divakaruni is in a league of her own." - UrbanAsian.com
"Oleander Girl is a coming of age novel in the best tradition....Divakaruni's gift is story telling, and she is generous with her gift. Through her wonderful novel we become active participants... and grateful witnesses to the maturing of a child into a woman." - The Huffington Post
Her tale is so well-plotted that few will guess the secrets at the heart of this page-turner." - The Dallas News
"Divakaruni uses her considerable storytelling skills to full advantage in her new novel." - The Oregonian
"Divakaruni explores issues of class and politics in modern India and immigrant America, but the family issues at the heart of the novel give it a cross-cultural appeal. Told with empathy and intelligence, and accompanied by intrigue, the stories--and issues--of the Roy and Bose families should appeal to a broad range of readers." - Shelf Awareness
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