Oleander Girl

Oleander Girl

A Novel

Book - 2013 | First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition
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Enjoying a sheltered childhood with adoring grandparents but troubled by the silence surrounding her parents' deaths, 17-year-old Korobi is prompted by a love note among her mother's possessions and a fiance's shattering revelation to travel from India to post-September 11 America in search of her true identity.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451695656
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Oleander girl


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May 19, 2020

Raised by her grandparents in Kolkata following the death of her mother, Korobi has had a loving and fortunate but sheltered childhood, and is now about to marry her love Rajat, whose family operates a series of lucrative art galleries. Shortly before their marriage, Korobi's grandfather suffers a heart attack, and upon his death the identity of Korobi's mystery father is revealed: an American! Against the wishes of her fiancé and his family, who fear scandal in their social circles, Korobi embarks on a journey of discovery to locate her father, who had been told she had died as an infant.

I'll never forget what my grandmother once said: children have a right to know where they come from. Divakaruni has penned a tale demonstrating that although love and generosity are universal human qualities, sadly so are prejudice and deceit. Recommended as a lighter summer read and for fans of gentle family mysteries.

Jul 15, 2019

"Oleander Girl" is a story - told remarkably by Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni" - about Korobi Roy who grows up in Kolkata under the protection of her loving grandparents. The story starts with her engagement to Rajat Bose with whom she is hopelessly in love. She believes Rajat to reciprocate that love but when her grandfather suddenly passes away, Korobi finds a secret in her past which sends her to America. After this one wonders if Korobi and Rajat will survive the tests to their love and if the wedding will take place. A drama unfolds and keeps us turning the pages but much of it is expected. An eminently readable book.

May 06, 2018

Was an ok book. To many characters and weird names to remember

Jun 04, 2016

An excellent story intertwining Hindu/Indian culture with romance, dark secrets and a young woman's search for the parent she never knew. Her quest takes her from India to the U.S. where she discovers her true reality.

May 03, 2015

This tale totally captivated me; I could not put it down. I highly recommend it, and will be searching for Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's previous works.


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