Reviews

  • "A dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, hopes and expectations, woven with poetry and storyteller magic."

    Amy Tan
  • "I read Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel The Mistress of Spices and felt excited and empowered by the way she used words"

    Guardian
  • "An unusual, clever, and often exquisite first novel...The result is rather as if Isabel Allende met Laura Esquivel."

    Los Angeles Times
  • "A splendid novel, beautifully conceived and crafted."

    Pat Conroy
  • "Mythical and mystical, Mistress of Spices is reminiscent of fables and fairy tales. . . . The story Divakaruni tells is transporting, but it is her gift for metaphor that makes this novel live and breathe, its pages as redolent as any freshly ground spice."

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