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
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