Desirable Daughters

by Bharati Mukherjee | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0006391710 Global Overview for this book
Registered by loveamystery of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on 9/13/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by loveamystery from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, September 13, 2009
Desirable Daughters, by the prolific writer Bharati Mukherjee, whose short story collection The Middleman won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, is a masterful meditation on marriage and family ties. It begins on a fantastic note: on a winter night in an east Bengali village in 1879, the narrator's ancestor, 5-year-old Tara Lata, is married to a tree after her 13-year-old husband-to-be dies of a snakebite on their wedding day. The novel ends some 120 years later, when Tara, the 36-year-old narrator, returns to this same village in winter with her teenaged son. Like her ancestor, Tara Bhattacharjee is the youngest of three sisters of a Brahmin family. Although they grew up in Calcutta, Tara and the oldest sister now live in America while the middle sister lives in Bombay. Tara was married (in an arranged marriage) at age 19 to Bish Chatterjee, a genius who makes a fortune from a cutting-edge computer process. He and Tara are estranged when the novel opens, but when a stranger claiming kinship shows up at the house that Tara shares in San Francisco with her son and her boyfriend, she reconsiders her assumptions about her entire family. In the course of the novel, a sister's secret and a murder are uncovered, and a near-fatal bombing occurs. Mukherjee's Desirable Daughters is yet another of her magically written, compelling novels. --Susan Biskeborn
A wonderfully written story with many layers. I really enjoyed this one.

Journal Entry 2 by loveamystery at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Friday, March 26, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (3/21/2010 UTC) at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada



This book is on its way to rapturina, who chose it out of the Two Worlds VBB round #2. It's coming by surface mail, so it may take a while.

Journal Entry 3 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, May 22, 2010
It's here, thanks for sending it, loveamystery! This book looks really promising!

Journal Entry 4 by rapturina at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, October 02, 2010
I finished this book a few days ago and I must admit I'm not quite sure what to think of it! I really enjoyed it, the story pulled me in and wouldn't let me go, so I finished the book within a few days, but after finishing it I still don't really know what to make of the story. It seems a bit of an odd hybrid of family drama and crime story, but calling it "odd" seems a bit too harsh. It does work in this book, but there are some parts where I just didn't know where she's going with the story and I would lose the plot a little bit. Still, I enjoyed it and will be looking for other books by this author.

Journal Entry 5 by rapturina at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, November 27, 2017
This book is no longer on my bookshelf, no idea though where I released it... I probably gave it to a friend or left it on a public bookshelf. If you have it, I'd love to hear where you picked it up, haha!

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