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JLF Recommended Read

The Mistress of Spices

The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“This novel, one of the author’s first, is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time and in a faraway place and trained in the ancient art of spices. She becomes immortal and travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives. An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life and the vicissitudes of mortality in the modern world. I loved the magical realism—it recalled Like Water for Chocolate—and the story of a new American experiencing our culture for the first time.”–Lisa, eServices

The author, whose new book is Before We Visit the Goddess, will be at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Sept. 24.

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