Desirable Daughters

Desirable Daughters

A Novel

Book - 2002
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A portrait of a traditional Brahmin family on the brink of dissolution. Tara, the narrator, divorced from the husband she wed in an arranged marriage and transplanted to San Francisco, teeters between the India she left behind and the dizzying California she now calls home. Though separated by geography and by radically different lifestyles, Tara and her sisters - the desirable daughters' of the title - remain close, and when danger befalls Tara, it is her sisters and her ex-husband she turns to for help in resolving the mystery that threatens to destroy her and her family.'
Publisher: New York : Theia, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786885152
Branch Call Number: FIC/MUKHERJEE
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 24 cm.


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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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