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Desirable Daughters
Desirable Daughters: A Novel
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  • Paperback
  • Mar.12.2003
  • 9780786885152
  • Hyperion

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Desirable Daughters, by the prolific writer Bharati Mukherjee, whose short story collection The Middleman won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, is a masterful meditation on marriage and family ties. It begins on a fantastic note: on a winter night in an east Bengali village in 1879, 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 snakebite on their wedding day. The novel ends some 120 years later, when Tara, the thirty-six-year-old narrator, returns to this same village in winter with her teenaged son. Like her ancestor, Tara Bhattacharjee is the youngest of three sisters of a Brahmin family. Although they grew up in Calcutta, Tara and the oldest sister now live in America while the middle sister lives in Bombay. Tara was married (in an arranged marriage) at age nineteen to Bish...
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Desirable Daughters, by the prolific writer Bharati Mukherjee, whose short story collection The Middleman won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, is a masterful meditation on marriage and family ties. It begins on a fantastic note: on a winter night in an east Bengali village in 1879, 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 snakebite on their wedding day. The novel ends some 120 years later, when Tara, the thirty-six-year-old narrator, returns to this same village in winter with her teenaged son. Like her ancestor, Tara Bhattacharjee is the youngest of three sisters of a Brahmin family. Although they grew up in Calcutta, Tara and the oldest sister now live in America while the middle sister lives in Bombay. Tara was married (in an arranged marriage) at age nineteen to Bish Chatterjee, a genius who makes a fortune from a cutting-edge computer process. He and Tara are estranged when the novel opens, but when a stranger claiming kinship shows up at the house that Tara shares in San Francisco with her son and her boyfriend, she reconsiders her assumptions about her entire family. In the course of the novel, a sister’s secret and a murder are uncovered, and a near-fatal bombing occurs. Mukherjee’s Desirable Daughters is yet another of her magically written, compelling novels.

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About Bharati

Of Bengali origin, Bharati Mukherjee was born in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. She later traveled with her parents to Europe after Independence, only returning to Calcutta in the early 1950s. There she attended the Loreto School, Kolkata. She received her Bachelor of Arts...

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Published Reviews

Nov.15.2007

Redolent with myth and symbol, Desirable Daughters is a signature work that shows why Mukherjee is the literary mother of the young Indian writers now flourishing in the West.

Dec.13.2007

The stories in The Middleman are streets ahead of those in Darkness, fine as that collection was. Not only has Ms. Mukherjee vastly enlarged her geographical and social range, …  but she...