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In nine poignant stories spiked with humor and intelligence, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni captures lives at crossroad moments - caught between past and present, home and abroad, tradition, and fresh experience. A widow in California, recently arrived from India, struggles to adapt to a world in which neighbors are strangers and her domestic skills are deemed superfluous in the award-winning "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter". In "The Intelligence of Wild Things", a woman from Sacramento visits her brother in Vermont to inform him that back in Calcutta their mother is dying. And in the title story, a painter looks to ancient myth and the example of her grandmother for help in navigating her first real crisis of faith.

Knowing, compassionate and expertly rendered, the stories in The Unknown Errors of Our Lives depict the eternal struggle to find a balance between the pull of home and the allure of change.

©2001 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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one time read

The stories meanders through the Memory Lane of people living abroad. Few characters makes you wonder with aw and at times made me admire Chitra. How well defined the portrayal is of the characters of each story.
Male voice of Deepti should have been more appealing else she was good through out.

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Each of the story talks about first generation immigrant from India especially from West Bengal to the so called country where dreams are realised The US of A.Her stories are so poignant and sensitive and private that it just pulls ur heart and at the same time there is so much honesty and sincerity and straight forward in her writing and also sarcastically woven emotions.Now I know why the term ABCDs came.. definitely they're one confused lot,with roots wanting in USA but heart strings pulls of where they came from in India and the balancing.All these ethos clearly caught on in her stories.

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  • 21-04-21

Loved every story in this collection

This was my introduction to this author. I'm not a short story fan - I always feel like I'm just sinking into a story and then it's over. But I just loved every one of these. I loved the narrator's elegant, warm, expressive voice.

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  • 27-12-20

Enjoyed Bengali stories

I liked the short stories, though the ends always kept me wondering as they were left with a thought . I think the author has done a good job overall. Narration was ok.