About the author

April 2017 - About Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniChitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. She has won an American Book Award for her book of short stories, Arranged Marriage, and her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including The Atlantic and The New Yorker and 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. You can learn more about her by visiting her website.