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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781442359024
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From the bestselling author of One Amazing Thing, Oleander Girl is a sweeping, suspenseful, atmospheric coming-of-age novel about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life.

Orphaned at birth, seventeen-year-old Korobi Roy is the scion of a distinguished Kolkata family and has enjoyed a privileged, sheltered childhood with her adoring grandparents. But she is troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: a love note she found hidden in her mother’s book of poetry. Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family.

But shortly after their engagement, a heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi’s past. Shattered by this discovery, Korobi undertakes a courageous search across post-9/11 America to find her true identity. Her dramatic, often startling journey will finally thrust her into the most difficult decision of her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chitra Divakaruni is such an elegant writer, one who makes the reader feel not only engaged and entertained but a bit elevated, too. I’ve been a fan of Divakaruni’s work for a long time; this book keeps me one.” 

    Elizabeth Berg, New York Times bestselling author of Tapestry of Fortunes

  • “Oleander Girl is a riveting and powerful exploration of family secrets, betrayal, love, and ultimately, the search for self. Divakaruni paints colorful characters on a rich tapestry of modern India, all still haunted by the past.”  

    Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter

  • “An entrancing storyteller with an unerring moral compass, Divakaruni has created a superbly well-plotted, charming, yet hard-hitting novel of family, marriage, and class, a veritable Indian Jane Austen novel spiked with racial prejudice and religious violence…From baneful secrets, poisonous misunderstandings and conflicts, and transcendent love, Divakaruni has forged another tender, wise, and resonant page-turner.” 

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  • “Like an Indian Maeve Binchy, Divakaruni offers an entertaining…read.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “I found it impossible to set this novel down once I picked it up. Chitra Divakaruni confronts the hard truths about love, loss, grief, redemption, and the choices we make in a family saga that reads like a detective novel.”  

    Thrity Umrigar, author of The World We Found and The Space between Us

  • “Oleander Girl is elegant and classic but also vivid and immediate…There is poetry on these pages but also the burning-on-both-ends urgency of a page turner. Gorgeous and exciting, this is a wonderful novel.” 

    Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

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About the Author
Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels Queen of Dreams, Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire, and of the prizewinning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. She lives in Houston, Texas, and is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

About the Narrator

Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received four Earphones Awards, and she is a two-time finalist for the Audie Award.