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The Conch Bearer

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni X
The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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    Sep 2003, 272 pages
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    Mar 2005, 272 pages

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Divakaruni says she wrote the book for two reasons; firstly to give her two sons bragging rights that their mom had written a book and two of the heroes were named after them (sorry, I don't know which two!); and in our post 9/11 world, to give American children a book about children who might superficially seem very different to them, but in fact are not that different after all.

The Conch Bearer is the first in a planned trilogy. The second book, The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming is due to be released in September. Unlike many series books, The Conch Bearer reaches a satisfying conclusion in its own right.

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The Brotherhood of the Conch Trilogy (Children)

  • The Conch Bearer (2003)
  • The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming (Sept 2005)

Novels Short Stories/Collections
  • Reason for Nasturtiums (poems) (1990)
  • Black Candle: Poems About Women from India, Pakistan, And Bangladesh (1991)
  • Arranged Marriage: Stories (1996)
  • Leaving Yuba City: Poems (1997)
  • The Unknown Errors of Our Lives (Short stories 2001)

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