Sister of My Heart

Sister of My Heart

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
The author of the critically acclaimed novel Mistress of Spices delivers another sensually and movingly written novel set in the author's native India, where a dark family secret molds the lives of two close but very different sisters. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Anju is the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family of distinction. Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family. Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not. Despite these differences, since the day the two girls were born - the same day their fathers died, mysteriously and violentlySudha and Anju have been sisters of the heart.
When Sudha learns a dark family secret, that connection is threatened. For the first time in their lives, the girls know what it is to feel suspicion and distrust - Sudha, because she feels a new shame that she cannot share with Anju; and Anju, because she discovers the seductive power of her sister's beauty, a power Sudha herself is incapable of controlling. When, due to a change in family fortune, the girls are urged into arranged marriages, their lives take opposite turns. One travels to America, and one remains in India; both have lives of secrets. When tragedy strikes both of them, however, they discover that, despite distance and marriage, they must turn to each other once again.

& Taylor

Two girls, one the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family, the other the daughter of the black sheep of that same family, form a sisterly bond that shatters when one of the girls discovers a dark family secret

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385489508
Branch Call Number: DIV
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 22 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

A warm, anguished story of the conflicted lives of two women, Anju and Sudha, in present day India. Anyone who has read Arranged Marriages will enjoy Divakaruni’s latest.

mberk Nov 15, 2011

Wonderful book. Was disappointed with the ending and some of the needlessly selfless acts of the main characters, but overall a beautiful story of love between sisters-friends.


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