Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Even if Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has received compliment and awards for a few years, it really is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that's speedy making her one of many brightest emerging stars within the altering face of yank literature. Arranged Marriage, her first selection of tales, spent 5 weeks at the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller record and garnered serious acclaim that will were impressive for even a extra verified author.

For the younger women and girls dropped at lifestyles in those tales, the potential of swap, of beginning anew, is either as terrifying and jam-packed with promise because the ocean that separates them from their houses in India. From the tale of a tender bride whose fairy-tale imaginative and prescient of California is shattered while her husband is murdered and he or she needs to face the longer term on her personal, to a proud middle-aged divorced lady decided to reach San Francisco, Divakaruni's award-winning poetry fuses right here with prose for the 1st time to create 11 devastating snap shots of ladies at the verge of an unforgettable transformation.

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There’s a problem with your son’s hair,” he’d said. ” Stu walked Bennie over to Chris in the chair and parted his hair to reveal some tan little creatures the size of poppy seeds moving around on his scalp. Bennie felt himself grow faint. “Lice,” the barber whispered. ” Bennie had blurted. ” Other people were staring, and Bennie had felt responsible, with his own riotous head of hair, to the point where he sprayed OFF! in his armpits every morning to this day, and kept an extra can at the office—crazy!

She heard Alex ask. The concierge was young and spiky haired. “We’ve called the police,” he said defensively. Alex turned to the woman. ” “In the ladies’ room. ” Alex swung around to Sasha. “You were just in the bathroom,” he said. ” “No,” she managed to say. She had Xanax in her purse, but she couldn’t open her purse. Even with it zipped, she feared that the wallet would blurt into view in some way that she couldn’t control, unleashing a cascade of horrors: arrest, shame, poverty, death. Alex turned to the concierge.

He said. “Someone stole my wallet. My ID is gone, and I have to catch a plane tomorrow morning. ” She stared beseechingly at both of them. It was the sort of frank need that New Yorkers quickly learn how to hide, and Sasha recoiled. It had never occurred to her that the woman was from out of town. ” Alex asked. “The concierge said he would call. ” She looked helplessly at the marble floor around their feet. Sasha relaxed slightly. This woman was the type who annoyed people without meaning to; apology shadowed her movements even now, as she followed Alex to the concierge desk.

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