Preview: Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Divakaruni is the bestselling author of One Amazing Thing and The Mistress of Spices (also made into a feature film). In her new novel, Oleander Girl, headstrong Korobi Roy, raised in a crumbling old mansion in Kolkata with her grandparents, desires to learn more about the parents she never knew and to find a love as powerful as theirs. But Korobi is jolted by a secret that her grandparents kept from her all these years. Oleander Girl (in stores on March 19th) is a story about transformation, family, love, and – above all – discovery.

Oleander Girl

An excerpt from the novel can be found here:


I first came to know about Chitra Divakaruni after reading her magical novel The Palace of Illusions. It was a novel that I read compulsively and enjoyed tremendously. After learning from her publishers (and having been asked by them to preview the novel) that Divakaruni had a new novel for release, I could not wait to read the excerpt, as well as hear her talk about it. From the excerpt, I am very much looking forward to reading the novel in its entirety. Divakaruni’s  use of language and storytelling is compelling. I can foresee this novel being a favourite among book clubs. If you are a part of a book club or you want to clarify your understanding, have a look at this Reading Group Guide for the novel: Also, if you want to hear the author speaking about the novel, check this out:

I am looking forward to this novel. Watch this space for my review.


4 thoughts on “Preview: Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    1. Thank you so much! It’s been taking me longer and longer to finish reading (work is getting in the way) recently, but the good news of that is that a few reviews come out at once. I’m trying to go back to regular reviews … fingers crossed. Doesn’t Oleander Girl sound amazing? If I remember correctly, you introduced me to Palace of Illusions and Divakaruni … Thank you!! Looking forward to hearing your views on the novel 🙂

  1. Bindiya

    So glad that you’re going to do a review of the book. Chitra is coming to Austin next week for a book tour and reading.


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