We’ve been waiting to tell you about our book and author for the next Mansfield Reads!, and the day has finally come.
We’ve selected Oleander Girl for the 2017 program and will be hosting its wonderful author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, on April 28.
Chitra’s work is beautifully crafted, her accomplishments far-reaching, and her speaking engagements met with glowing reviews. We are honored and delighted to bring her to Mansfield next year.
Lindsey Perkins Wade
Vice President, Mansfield Reads!
About Oleander Girl
Though she was orphaned at birth, the wild and headstrong Korobi Roy has enjoyed a privileged childhood with her adoring grandparents, spending her first 17 years sheltered in a beautiful, crumbling old mansion in Kolkata, India. But despite all that her grandparents have done for her, she is troubled by the silence that surrounds the circumstances of her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found, years ago, hidden in a book of poetry that had belonged to her mother. As she grows, Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has finally come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family.
Shortly after their engagement, however, a sudden heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi’s past. Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents’ betrayal, Korobi decides to undertake a courageous search across post-9/11 America to find her true identity. Her dramatic, often startling journey will ultimately thrust her into the most difficult decision of her life.
With flawless narrative instinct and a boundless sympathy for her irrepressible characters, in Oleander Girl Divakaruni brings us a perfect treat of a novel— moving, wise, and unforgettable. As The Wall Street Journal raves, “Divakaruni emphasizes the cathartic force of storytelling with sumptuous prose. . . . She defies categorization.”
The novel was awarded the Italian 2015 Premio Scanno Award for Literature.
Where To Buy Oleander Girl
We are able to offer both hardback and paperbacks at great prices (lower than that big online retailer), and a portion of the sales will help fund the event.
- Mansfield Public Library front desk
- Online with hand delivery (only available to residences in Mansfield city limits or within 1 mile of city limits, and with an additional $10 donation for delivery)
- Hardback: $20 ($30 if ordering online)
- Paperback: $12 ($22 if ordering online)
We will also be selling the books at:
- Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Parks Mall in Arlington (prices will be B&N prices at this event but we will still get a portion of the sales) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Hometown Holidays on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Mansfield Activity Center from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
We’re trying something new this year: People that buy the first 25 copies of Oleander Girl from us will receive passes to jump to the front of the line at our Evening With The Author on April 28, 2017.
These passes will be handed out on a first-come first-served basis. One pass will be awarded for every one copy purchased, and there is a limit of 2 passes per person. Pass recipients will be notified after the first 25 copies are sold with instructions about picking up their passes.
This offer is good for both in-person purchases at the library and online purchases.
About Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including The Atlantic and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in more than 50 anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Chitra is the author of more than a dozen books, the most recent of which is Before We Visit the Goddess (April 2016), full of beautifully wrought tales of love, longing and loneliness.
Chitra’s other novels include One Amazing Thing (2010), Shadowland (2009), Palace of Illusions (2008), and Queen of Dreams (2004). Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Bengali, Russian and Japanese, and many of them have been used for campus-wide and city-wide reads. She has received glowing reviews for her appearances as well. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay, who are in college.
Fun Facts: While going to grad school, in order to make money to pay her tuition fees, she worked at a number of odd jobs – slicing bread in a bakery, babysitting, washing instruments in a biology lab (Lots of blood!), and working in the kitchen at the International House at UC Berkeley, where she was going to school. There, on good days, she was allowed to serve desserts. If the manager was unhappy with her, she banished her to the dish room.
Chitra loves to connect with readers on her Facebook page.
Learn more about her by visiting her website.
An Evening With The Author
The event is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017. We will not open up RSVPs until closer to that date. However, you can sign up below to receive our monthly newsletter, as well as information about Reads!