Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Adult Fiction DIVAKAR
Summary: The publication of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's first novel, The Mistress of Spices, engendered the same kind of critical response her prizewinning short story collection, Arranged Marriage, received. "Splendid", "irresistible", and "enchanting" describe in part the praise garnered by this mesmerizing tale. And book buyers agreed. With more than 30,000 copies in print and a fifteen-week stay on The San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list, Divakaruni has confirmed her status as one of America's most exciting new writers. Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time in a faraway place who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers. Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo -- in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman -- travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers. An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modem life. Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman's magical powers.
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Disguised as an old woman; trained in the healing power of spices.