Desirable Daughters

Desirable Daughters

A Novel

Book - 2002
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At the heart of this remarkable new novel by the award-winning author of The Middleman and Other Stories and Jasmine are issues of culture, identity, and familial loyalty. Comparable to The Joy Luck Club in its honest portrayal of the American immigrant experience, Desirable Daughters follows the diverging paths taken by three Calcutta-born sisters as they come of age in a changing world.

Tara, Padma, and Parvati were born into a wealthy Brahmin family presided over by their doting father and his traditionalist mother. Intelligent and artistic, the girls are nevertheless constrained by a society with little regard for women. Their subsequent rebellion will lead them in different directions, to different continents, and through different circumstances that strain yet ultimately strengthen their relationship.

Moving effortlessly between generations, Mukherjee weaves together fascinating stories of the sisters' ancestors, their childhood memories, and dramatic scenes from India's history.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, c2002
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780002005159
0002005158
Branch Call Number: FIC/Mukhe 359401 1
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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