Desirable Daughters

Desirable Daughters

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They are three Calcutta-born sisters--intelligent, artistic and extremely independent. Born into a wealthy Brahmin family presided over by their doting father and his traditionalist mother, the girls feel strangled by a society with little regard for young women. Rebelling against family and convention, the girls' heads and hearts take them in very different directions, where, in a clash of wills and circumstances, the inexorable bonds of their sisterhood will be tested as never before.

At the heart of this remarkable new novel by the award-winning author of The Middleman and Other Stories and Jasmine are the interwoven threads of culture, identity and family loyalty. In the tradition of The Joy Luck Club in its honest and compelling portrayal of the immigrant experience, Desirable Daughters is an unputdownable read.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, 2002
ISBN: 9780006391715
0006391710
9780002005159
0002005158
Branch Call Number: MUKHERJ
Characteristics: 310 p

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

This is a masterful meditation on marriage and family ties. The story begins in a Bengali village in 1879, where the narrator’s ancestor, five-year-old Tara Lata, is married to a tree after her thirteen-year-old husband-to-be dies of a snake bite on their wedding day. The novel ends 120 years later, when Tara Bhattacharjee, the youngest of three sisters of a Brahmin family returns to the same village. Mukherjee tells a larger story about Indians in India and in the U.S.A., about class, history and changing consciousness.

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